Sad Baxter Premiere New Song/Video “Believe Me”
via New Noise Magazine
New EP So Happy Due Out July 20th
on Cold Lunch Recordings
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Nashville, TN fuzz-pop up-and-comers, Sad Baxter, are gearing up for the release of their new EP, So Happy, due out July 20th from Cold Lunch Recordings, and today the band have shared “Believe Me” and its accompanying video via New Noise Magazine. “Believe Me” finds Sad Baxter in relatively darker sonic territory but nonetheless showcases their undeniable knack for combining distortion-drenched catharsis with ear worm melodies.
Made up of Deezy Violet (guitar/vocals) and Alex Mojaverian, Sad Baxter are a blast of fuzzed-out power pop that wouldn’t seem out of place in the mid ’90s. So Happy was written during a time of life upheaval and Violet purposely imbued the songs with a more confrontational edge; a desire to be more direct with the positive and negative figures in her life. The EP’s somewhat sarcastic title may be tongue-in-cheek, but it’s telling of the band’s approach: these tracks are massively catchy, but they also pack a weighty emotional punch.
1. Love Yew
4. Believe Me
07/21 Nashville, TN @ Grimey’s In-Store
07/25 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
07/26 Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room
07/27 Kansas City, KS @ Parker House
07/28 Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair
07/29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Gold Blood
07/31 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
08/01 Portland, OR @ The Waypost
08/02 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
08/04 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Popfest
08/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Off Beat Bar
08/06 Orange County, CA @ Continental Room
08/07 Tucson, AZ @ Passe
08/09 Tulsa, OK @ Colorfeed A/V
08/11 St. Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole
08/18 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Sad Baxter’s new EP, So Happy, is a collection of sonic contradictions. The duo of Deezy Violet (guitar/vocals) and Alex Mojaverian (drums/vocals) thrive in the space where seemingly at-odds elements converge—sludgy fuzzed-out guitars blended with pop structures, gritty vocals that propel sugary melodies, and some of the most buoyant rock songs this side of the ‘90s containing some truly heartrending words. If confrontation breeds catharsis, Sad Baxter are soon to be listeners’ new favorite form of release.
The band’s origins have an unassuming Cameron Crow-esque charm: Deezy and Alex met in college while living down the hall from one another. They’d go on to date, start a band, break up, eventually end up in the same town, and, after some initial nerves, continue the band with the kind of bond that only two truly close friends share. After settling in Nashville, Tennessee, the two continued to hone their songs with their first release, Weirdy, in 2016.
Now with So Happy, Sad Baxter don’t just achieve a perfect amalgam of noise and pop that’s reminiscent of the ‘90s, they also refine it. The EP was recorded over three days with engineer Steven Page on an eight-track reel-to-reel setup, giving it a raw and lean sound. The resulting spontaneity elevates each song into distorted euphoria while bolstering Deezy’s voice, which packs the rare ability to be effortlessly tuneful and gravelly at the same time.
The lyrics on So Happy take a purposefully more confrontational approach. Whereas Weirdy revolved around secretive thoughts and feelings, So Happy finds Deezy more directly addressing the positive and negative figures in her life, as well as herself. Songs like “Baby” and “Sick-Outt” document the collapse of a toxic relationship and grapple with the desperation of needing to split from that corrosive and controlling presence, while “Love Yew” is an open-hearted appreciation for newfound honesty and happiness with someone else. As its sardonic title implies, So Happy also maintains a touch of wit even in its darkest moments, a trait that’s as much part of the band’s identity as the emotional core of their songs. Sad Baxter have tapped into the often overlooked soul that made their ‘90s forebears so powerful, and in doing so they’ve created something that pays tribute while transcending nostalgia.