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The Anix Premieres Dark Wave New Track “CRAWL” Featuring Julien-K

The Anix and Julien K Winter 2024
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Electro-rockers The Anix and Julien-K are back with their new single, “CRAWL.” The collaboration brings back dark wave and electronica ‘90s energy missing in the music scene. The music video is a vintage glitch-mob fever dream, inspiring your best techno-goth dance moves.

The neon pink hues and strobes, along with distorted yet alluring vocals, set the stage for the music video. Brandon Smith, the mastermind behind The Anix, explains that the chorus lyrics relate to letting go of the pressures of endless success. “‘Watch us fall into the dirt/Watch us crawl,’…is in reference to what would happen if you were in the never-ending rat race chasing things, inevitably, you would end up in the dirt or buried under it. The more I let go and just go along for the ride, the more satisfaction I get.”

Amidst the Y2K trend, these acts aim to capture early 2000s club culture with a fresh song paying homage to classic sci-fi beats. This untapped version under 2020s alt-rock is advanced yet nostalgic, urging fans to don their cyber-goggles and stay alternative.

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“It was incredibly fun to approach the song with the mindset I was in 15 years ago, but with the new wealth of knowledge and technology I currently have at my disposal,” says Smith. “Learning to appreciate the ride and not seek the endpoint is the most rewarding part.”

Previously, Julien-K worked with Smith on their song “Your Lies Are Like Fire.” With their industrial sound, they look to give their fans a taste of the new direction they’ve taken.


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