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Pixx - New Album 'Small Mercies'
Pixx : New Album 'Small Mercies'
28th February 2019

Hannah Rodgers returns with a new Pixx album, Small Mercies, on 7th June 2019.  Today, she offers a taste of things to come with first single ‘Disgrace’.

“This song is about growing up in an ultra-conservative Catholic school which was restrictive and oppressive,” Rodgers explains. “I think there is a lack of humanity in the way that system works, rather than teaching empathy and kindness it forces people into a dangerous self-loathing cycle. This is an ode to anyone trapped in a place they don’t feel they belong.”

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Although love lives at the heart of the BRIT School graduate’s second album, it has little to do with romance. Small Mercies is absolutely not a heartbreak record, nor is it a celebration of new love, or sisterly call-to-arms or vengeful catharsis. Instead, it is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

Small Mercies follows the 23 year-old’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fuelled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk-edged Fall In EP. Co-produced by Simon Byrt (who worked on both her EP and debut album) and Dan Carey, it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.

“I felt more of a drive to write about certain subjects with this album,” Pixx says. “Man negotiating with God, God negotiating with man and man negotiating with the planet. I find it hard to have an understanding of relationships in general – I think everyone does – and the addictive tendency that we have to look for something that’s eternal is something that intrigues me. So, if you love God maybe what draws you to that is the idea of something that’s never going to end and that really intense love often takes place in human relationships, too.”

Pixx - Small Mercies

1. Andean Condor
2. Bitch
3. Disgrace
4. Small Mercies
5. Peanuts Grow Underground
6. Funsize
7. Dirt interlude pt. 1
8. Mary Magdalene
9. Hysterical
10. Eruption 24
11. Dirt interlude pt. 2
12. Duck Out
13. Blowfish

Praise for The Age Of Anxiety:
“A riveting and refreshing debut.” - The Guardian *****
“One of the new voices in politically minded British pop.” - Vogue
“A genuinely smart, intriguingly playful set that both presses all the right Big Pop buttons and sounds decidedly off-centre.” - Uncut
“Brilliant, one of the year’s best debuts so far.” - The Sunday Times
“Pure 21st century pop.” - Record Collector ****
“Dazzling and infectious.” - Loud And Quiet
“An album that perfectly contrasts light and dark.” - DIY ****

Catch Rodgers with a new Pixx live band this Spring:

4th - The Standard, New York NY, US

5th - Handmade Festival, Leicester, UK 
11th - The Great Escape, Brighton, UK

12th - Electrowerkz, London, England
14th - KFK Hope, Brussels, Belgium
15th - Le Pop Up Du Label, Paris, France
17th - Turmzimmer, Hamburg, Germany
18th - Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
20th - Cinetol, Amsterdam, Netherlands
25th - O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK*
26th - Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK*

23rd - Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY, US^

* - supporting Interpol
^ - supporting Nilufur Yanya