11:00pm Saturday, 6/25/2016
Alien Knife Fight are a creative duo based in the small junction town of Creedmoor, Texas (population 202). They work from their home studio, Big Bottom Farm, at all hours, creating their unique sound. Monique’s powerful, punch in the gut vocals and grinding slide & fretless chops, backed by Mike’s primal beats, are frequently described by fans and bloggers as “Slide Punk”, and “Gothic Blues”. Over the years, Monique’s voice has drawn comparisons to Patti Smith, Nina Simone, and Robert Plant among other greats.
A fine art graduate of Pennsylvania College Of Art, Monique Ortiz arrived in Austin after nearly 15 years of collaborating with some of Boston’s most notable players ( A.K.A.C.O.D. with Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley and Binary System drummer Larry Dersch. And Bourbon Princess with original Morphine drummer Jerome Deupree, guitarist Jim Moran, and Either/Orchestra band leader and saxophonist Russ Gershon).
After a year in Austin she met Michael Howard, a bassist, drummer, and producer. With Mike coming from more of a metal, hard rock background, and Monique having grown up with new wave and post punk, the two began creating tom-heavy, bass-driven music that is as much a nod to the desert rock of QOTSA, as it is to punk innovators Wire.