Janice Prix songs hook your ears with catchy melodies and intense beats, and then your brain with a series of vast emotional landscapes.

Janice Prix is the result of four guys who dared to dream big in a small Swedish industrial town called Trollhättan. What was it like growing up in Trollhättan? Well, Lars von Trier filmed his end-of-the-world drama Melancholia there. It’s hardly a breeding ground for dance-friendly pop bands.

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.”

MK (bass, vocals) says, “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.” 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,” recalls MK.

The high point (or is it the low?) of this passive aggressive campaign against Janice Prix occurred one day when the band was returning from lunch only to discover their fake obituaries nailed to the rehearsal room door.

Luckily, the band didn’t take this as a serious threat, but rather as a sign that they were doing something right. They were making people talk and react. Of course, the majority of the reactions were positive and encouraging, but as drummer Victor Hillström puts it, “we were more excited about the negative feedback”.

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.

Janice Prix is:

Richard Henry – Vocals, Guitar
Viktor Kivi – Guitar, Vocals
MK – Bass, Vocals
Victor Hillström – Drums

No upcoming shows scheduled

Past Shows

11 Jun 2015 Berlin, GER DNA BLN, Magnet Club DNA BLN, Magnet Club
03 Sep 2014 Berlin, GER Magnet Club Magnet Club
19 Jul 2014 Fengersfors, SWE Sjöfesten Sjöfesten
23 May 2014 Skara, SWE Kullenfestivalen Kullenfestivalen
08 Mar 2014 Eskilstuna, SWE Lokomotivet Lokomotivet
23 Nov 2013 Trollhättan, SWE O'Learys O'Learys
16 Nov 2013 Trollhättan, SWE Pitchers Pitchers
27 Jul 2013 Fengersfors, SWE Not Quite Not Quite
24 Jul 2013 Gothenburg, SWE Sticky Fingers TOP FLOOR Sticky Fingers TOP FLOOR
15 Mar 2013 Gothenburg, SWE Clooney's Clooney's


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