Last fall, when the entertainment industry was in limbo and even concerts in Montana were still non-existent, local musicians Halladay Quist, Erica von Kleist and Sarina Hart started playing together as a fun way to kill time, knowing that the pandemic would not allow them to seriously start a project or play shows in the near future.
But in the spring, they had a set roster, a band name, a glamorous look, and uplifting energy. They performed their first show at Whitefish’s Great Northern Bar in May, adorned with sequins and cat ears.
“We had a really fun evening and we just started to realize the potential of what we had and the energy of the crowd was super energetic and excited,” Quist said. “They got what we were trying to do. “
With von Kleist on bass, Quist on electric guitar and Hart on drums, while collaborating in a three-way harmony, the trio formed a glam rock group. Releasing a powerful feminine energy with a playful stage presence, they perform original songs with names like “Sexy Ginger” and “Go (expletive) Yourself” as well as covers from artists such as John Legend, Johnny Cash and a punk version. of “Britney Spears” Toxic “, where they meow like cats.
On September 24, Mynxx will release their debut EP, which they recorded in one day last spring with seven songs, including three originals, while playing an EP at the Remington in Whitefish on the same day.
Von Kleist attributes the band’s rapid turnaround to their background in the music industry. As a classically trained jazz musician, von Kleist has been involved in a wide range of projects throughout her career and spends much of her time performing in New York City. Quist is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, performing regularly in Flathead Valley concerts, and Hart has a background in theater and acting, most recently playing drums for the band, Sapphire Shakedown.
“Half of a project like this is the whole backend,” von Kleist said. “It’s rehearsing, doing marketing, calling venues, it’s making things happen. This is why we were able to succeed so quickly. It’s because we know how to light the fire under our buttocks.
After performing in the musical capitals of the country, Quist remembers some negative experiences and was ready to play with other like-minded musicians.
“I’ve always dreamed of an all-female group,” Quist said. “There are a lot of experiences I have had in LA and Nashville where I encountered toxic old world masculinity. I was so ready to have such a more open environment, and working with these ladies has been amazing.
Hart describes their music and stage presence as fun and lively, entertaining the crowd with silly meows and lyrics, including a song called “Hairball,” which was written by fourth graders who Quist taught at Deer Park Elementary School.
“It’s filled with a lot of playfulness,” Hart said. “We take music very seriously, but we give people cat ears at shows and there’s also such a upbeat, upbeat vibe that people hug. “
In addition to an album and live performances, Mynxx also collaborated with local tattoo and body art store Knawdy and released a music video for “Who Did That To You?” by John Legend. They also filmed their last show at Glacier Lanes and plan to use the footage for other clips.
While Quist, von Kleist, and Hart are all seasoned musicians, Mynxx is a different project than anything they’ve done before. Von Kleist just picked up bass guitar for the first time when they started jamming together, Hart hasn’t had the opportunity to work on harmonies in previous projects and in Quist’s life playing music, she says it’s the most fun she’s ever had. to organise.
“We’re not a girl’s rock band,” von Kleist said. “We are a rock band.
Mynxx will perform his EP launch party at The Remington on September 24 at 9:30 p.m. in Whitefish.
For more information and to stream the EP, visit www.mynxxmagic.com and @mynxxmagic on Instagram.