Winnipeg, Canada foursome Alyx Knight's jaunty electro-pop was born on the unfinished 11th floor of their hometowns Commodities and Exchange Building in 2012. It was there that guitarist/vocalist Matt Worobec, keyboardist Zack Antel, bassist Jason Pankratz and drummer Luke Janzen honed their mlange of New Wave, 90s alt and modern glossy production sensibilities into the feverishly joyful style of their self-titled debut EP. The resulting collection is a celebration of the essentials of quality, radiant pop, filled with emotional peaks and valleys.
But under the veneer of sunny synths and burnished production lurks a sly cheekiness that makes tracks like Cool Kids (mixed by Niklas Flyckt, producer of Miike Snow, Robyn & Britney Spears) or the otherwordly electro-boogie of lead single Let Me In more than just dancefloor anthems. Worobecs lyrics delve not only into time-honored themes such as love, but also wrestle with the isolated feeling of being the underdog as well as sneak in the occasional jab at the scene.
If recent history is any indication, Alyx Knight won't be occupying that underdog turf much longer. In the last year alone, they've played Billboard, SXSW and NXNE showcases, and regularly gigged in mainstay LA venues such as the Viper Room, Hemingways, Bardot and the Satellite.