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Swiss rockers have a ticket to tour
Daxx & Roxane are the latest Swiss band to appeal to a hard rock audience outside their native land. Following in the footsteps of Krokus, Celtic Frost and Gotthard, the quartet have already made inroads with debut album, Ticket To Rock, and EP, 4x4.
They are now set to release a stand-alone single, Junk Food Hangover, supported by a UK tour that kicks-off at Manchester's Soup Kitchen on February 21, 2018. Soup Kitchen is an award-winning canteen, bar and music venue in Manchester's Northern Quarter district. The tour also includes dates in Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Bristol and London.
Formed in 2013, the band comprises Cedric Pfister on vocals and bass, Cal Wymann on lead guitar, Simon Golaz on rhythm guitar and Luca Senaldi on drums. The 4x4 EP yielded two singles, Wrong Side (five weeks on the Planet Rock playlist) and Girl Next Door (eight weeks on Planet Rock's playlist), while from 2017's Ticket To Rock came another two successful singles, the title track and Leaving For Tomorrow both of which spent 10 weeks on the Planet Rock playlist.
On hearing the band's output, the influence of Krokus, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin is apparent. However, initial reports of new single Junk Food Hangover suggests a move towards more of a Chili Peppers/ Extreme funk rock sound of the late '80s and early '90s - huge guitar licks and a soaring groove rhythm section.
The track was recorded at actor Dominic Cooper's recording studio, Fiction Studios, as a result of him hearing the band's debut album. Cooper has starred in the TV series Agent Carter and Preacher, and the movies The History Boys and Captain America: The First Avenger.
December 2017 saw Daxx & Roxane end the year with a bang, being the main support to the last ever HIM UK date at a sold-out Roundhouse.
Daxx & Roxane 2018 UK tour dates:
Feb 21: Soup Kitchen, Manchester; Feb 22: Audio, Glasgow; Feb 23: Jumpin Jacks, Newcastle; Feb 24: Rock City, Nottingham; March 7: Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton; March 8: Louisiana, Bristol;
March 9: Forum, Tunbridge Wells;
March 10: Assembly, Camden, London.