Beginning in 2003, Addax, comprised of vocalist Laura Schweitzer, bassist Eddy Davis, guitarists Omar Williams and Josh Rohe, and drummer Louis Gonzales, decided early on that passivity was not an option.
Blending elements of hard rock, impassioned and expansive singer / songwriter vocals, and a lock-step groove rhythm section, Addax has taken their message to the people.
With relatively few options in South Florida specifically, the band has made it their mission to become something of local “road dogs” - playing every venue, every time, every way possible, making them a fan favorite and distinguishing the group among the masses. Addax boasts an impressive resume of venues including Churchill’s Hideaway – an infamous downtown Miami venue known for giving early breaks to such acts as Marilyn Manson, Iron and Wine, and Nonpoint. Addax has also taken the stage at South Beach hot spots Señor Frogs and Purdy Lounge, and Downtown Miami venues Tobacco Road and The Wallflower Gallery.
Much like a prize fighter, Addax has the blood, bruises, and belts to prove their mettle. The band ranked 1st in a 2006 battle of the bands at the South Florida venue Studio A, ranked 2nd place in the 2005 Emergenza competition, and earned an honorable mention in the 2006 Billboard Magazine World Songwriting contest for their song “Puzzle”.
Not to be relegated to the live stage and award circuit alone, their exposure allowed them significant rotation with local college radio. University of Miami, Florida International University and Nova Southeastern have all featured the band during prime hours. These outlets provided a source to the general public beyond the bar and club scene for their initial three song demo, and later, a 2005 EP titled Missoutonme.
Despite the demands of college, work, and personal relationships, of which, like all great singers, Laura draws from frequently, Addax makes frequent attempts to branch out beyond the realm of South Florida. Most recently, the band played dates in downtown New York and Greenwich Village hot spots such as Acme Underground and The Lion’s Den.
In 2006 the band started recording their full length debut album with then guitarist Jesse Fishman. Rohe, who replaced Fishman in early 2006, took over the additional production duties.
The album, entitled Be The Victim, shrieks of the strong rock hooks, powerful pop ballads, and drum and bass oriented grooves Addax has made a name with. Songs like “Take This and Remember” blare with bombastic notions of angst and personal empowerment led over grooves and rhythms only a tight-knit band such as Addax could execute without being coy.
Much like their live events, Addax has kept it “all in the family” with Be The Victim, recording it partially with Matt LaPlant whose credits include Nonpoint, SikTH, and reggae-punk-metal outfit Skindred at Bieler Brothers recording studio in Pompano Beach, Florida. Mixing work was executed by Patrick Magee, noted for his work with Timbaland, Missy Elliot, and LL Cool J among others.
Of the recording, which is to be released independently in the fall of 2007, Laura commented “it’s a culmination of the beginnings of Addax…a lot of emotion and love by many, many people went into the making of the album and I just know that it will shine through.”
-- Adam Cohen
by Addax, posted 07/12/10 14:26:21 » Events
We hit the stage on Saturday, August 14th @ 7:30 PM, so get stoked! We should have copies of our new EP "Take Aim, Take Flight" for sale. Keep an eye out for info on our CD release show very soon. Thanks, guys!
by Addax, posted 06/04/10 14:17:37 » Events
Thursday, June 17th @ Churchill's w/ Radar Vs. Wolf, We Live In Houses, Danse Macabre and We'rewolves (from TX). Show starts @ 9:00, we play around midnight.
Friday, June 18th @ Florida Supercon!
by Addax, posted 05/27/10 11:00:06 » Events
Hey guys! Check us out on Friday 6/18 at Florida Supercon w/ Less Than Jake! This is a massive, three-day event featuring comic book artists, film and television stars, music, and tons more. We play Friday night at 11:30 pm, tickets are $20 for the entire day's worth of events, kicking off at 11:00 am. The whole thing goes down at the Airport Doubletree Hotel Convention Center: 711 N.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, Florida,33126.