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Quix*O*Tic

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Washington DC, United States (1997 – 2004)

Quix*O*Tic was a trio from Washington DC featuring Mick Barr on bass and sisters Mira & Christina Billotte on drums and guitars/vocals, respectively. They are generally lumped in with “indie rock”, however the group achieved a rather distinctive stripped-down sound. Most of the music consists of drums, bass and vocals - the guitar usually playing melodies that follow or harmonize with the bassline as opposed to a chordal backing. Formed in 1997, they released Night For Day (Ixor Stix, 2000) and Mortal Mirror (Kill Rock Stars, 2002), achieving on the latter an odd hybrid of Nico’s ghostly singing and Sleater-Kinney’s rabid roots-rock. The band parted ways in 2004. Christina Billotte went on to form The Casual Dots, while Mira formed White Magic, and Mick became guitarist of Orthrelm.

Contrary to their name, Quix*O*Tic’s sound is about as far from romantic as one can get. Mira Billotte’s funereal beats mix with Christina Billotte’s reverb laden anti-surf guitar, while the bass of Mick Barr marches along with militaristic precision. Dig deeper though and you find Christina’s vocals wafting in on a syrupy breeze.

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  • anthonycarew

    wait, is the below mick barr comment a bizarre joke? or just a moment of complete idiocy? said bassist is alive and well, it was the quix*o*tic's original bassist, brendan majewski, who died.

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • andtigers

    where are all the "RIP Mick Barr" comments? ;-;

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • stian86

    Wow. Just listened to The Breeze, on Transmissions From Sinai. It's amazing, I need to get some more from this band.

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • iplaykeyboard

    Who knows where can I download the album "Mortal mirror"?

    5 Nov 2010 Reply
  • andtigers

    night for day > mortal mirror!!!!!!

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Atomizer_

    i can't believe i had a copy without the sabbath cover all this time. fuck.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Bleach00

    i love this band ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • millicentcory

    You should join this group: http://www.last.fm/group/1%2C000%2C000+Femme+Fatales

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ms_fogle

    more like Master of Reality, and not only because they covered 'lord of this world'. It's more dark, and shares, to a lighter degree, that fuzz sound. and riffage. goddamn riffage.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Bleach00

    uploaded a bunch more pictures

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Bleach00

    So awesome, why don't more people listen to them

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Bleach00

    join Mick Barr

    6 Nov 2008 Reply
  • justinrobert1

    This was by far the best project of Billotte's. Their sound was totally unique and haunting. I saw them in DC open for sonic youth and thought they were much more interesting. The drummer had such a great voice.

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Bleach00

    The Breeze is a great song.

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
  • zrebeKDemitri

    any live footage? ..anyone?

    8 Nov 2007 Reply
  • aquaticdeath

    Great band, pity they split :(

    9 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Subhuman1016

    i got to see them open for fugazi at fort reno in 2002--glad i made the trek for that!!

    27 Mar 2007 Reply
  • betterpinktwice

    missed them live in neumuenster/germany some years ago because i was talking drunk with some rockabilly guy about the IRA. i could still wipe my ass for that... stupid me!

    8 Jan 2007 Reply
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