Brighton duo ARXX are songwriter and founder Hannah Pidduck’s pairing with drummer Clara Townsend. They fuse angst-driven, garage-rock with soulful pop sensibilities, and are giving a taste of their EP The Daughters of Daughters with single ‘Tired of You’. We spoke to Hannah about their debut.
We combine the angst of punk with infectious melodies, bold riffs, and unapologetic emotion.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what led you to forming Arxx?
We started playing together in March 2017, both living in Brighton. I (Hannah) had been playing on and off before that for a little while, but ARXX has really found life in this last year. When Clara and I (Hannah) came together, I had been searching for a new drummer for ARXX for almost a year. I was honestly starting to think it might not happen. I reached out to Clara, because I knew her from playing with her old band and I asked if she knew anyone. She turned around and said ‘I’ll audition’ ͞and that was it really. We were both as socially awkward as each other, but the music worked and it͛’s grown from there.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I have so many influences it͛s absurd, but the two biggest influences on my songwriting are definitely Kate Nash and Bright Eyes. Listening to Kate Nash’s ‘Made of Bricks’ taught me how to write music. Deap Vally are also a massive influence, I remember seeing them and that’s when it clicked that we didn’t need any more members because they managed to create so much with just two people.
The Daughters of Daughters EP is massively influenced by the music my mum played when I was younger (hence the name). She showed me a lot of country music like The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton and John Denver. Country music has a lot of badass female icons which is super cool and it always has really strong melodies. The anger and loudness in our music comes from the fact that I use music as an outlet for a lot of my emotions, so it’s largely influenced by my own personal experiences and mental health.
How would you describe your style?
ARXX are a female garage rock duo. We combine the angst of punk with infectious melodies, bold riffs, and unapologetic emotion.
You’ve played support slots with PINS, Nova Twins and The Tuts. What did you gain from those experiences?
They were all really fun shows and all the girls were absolutely lovely. It’s always great playing with bands you love and it just drives us to go further.
Tell us about your new single ‘Tired of You’. What’s it about?
Tired of You. The name says it all really, it͛’s about being in a relationship where there was all this expectation and it just ends up being rubbish.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
We recorded the EP at Brighton Electric with Mike Lord in January 2018. It was a bit of a last minute decision to put this EP together so quickly, but we think it came out great and Mike did an amazing job!
How does it give a taste of your forthcoming debut EP Daughters Of Daughters?
It’s definitely the feistiest song on the EP, but it’s a good scene setter in terms of introducing the audience to our balance of melody and raw energy.
What kind of response do you hope for the single and then the EP?
I guess it’s the first opportunity to get what we’re about without seeing us live. We wanted to capture a lot of that live energy in the EP because we want people to get excited about ARXX and where we’re going.
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
Thursday, March 8th - Prince Albert, Brighton
Friday, March 9th - Heartbreakers, Southampton
Thursday, March 15th - Victoria Dalston, London
Saturday, March 24th - New Cross Inn, London
Friday, April 6th - Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Wednesday, April 18th - Lexington, London
Saturday, April 21st - DIY Space, London
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I think I’d tell myself to be more fearless with everything. There’s no point trying to be something, you should just let yourself do what you do. We’ve just found this with our writing and now it’s a completely freeing process and we’re getting some really cool songs coming out of it.
Listen to ‘Tired of You’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to arxxband.com.