Janice Prix songs hook your ears with catchy melodies and intense beats, and then your brain with a series of vast emotional landscapes.
The band is the result of four guys who dared to dream big in a small Swedish industrial town called Trollhättan, where Lars von Trier filmed Melancholia.
The town’s bleak atmosphere has fed into its music scene, mostly dominated by punk, metal and hardcore. Richard Henry (vocals, guitar) and Viktor Kivi (guitar, vocals) were likely to follow a similar direction until one day they discovered their parents’ comprehensive ‘80s synth-pop and new wave vinyl collections.
“We knew that starting a pop band in Trollhättan would be a suicide mission, but we had to do something different. We wanted to move people, both literally and figuratively.
We wanted to rebel and to provoke by being different, by being pop. Our initial demos spread around like wildfire, followed by rumors that we were posers or fake or too artsy.” MK (bass, vocals) says.
Their narrow-minded antagonists in the local music scene weren’t at all shy about demonstrating hostile resentment towards Janice Prix: “Sometimes our door at the rehearsal building would get covered in graffiti, boot marks, spit and other bodily fluids.”
Their upcoming studio-recorded 4-track EP is about to make waves in the pop world, and if the video for their first single Heart is any indication, Janice Prix seem poised to be loved and hated, but never ignored. Actually, much like a certain above-mentioned filmmaker.
And they wouldn’t have it any other way.