After years on the down low, punk rock outfitÂ Fenix TXÂ isÂ set to release their long-awaited EP,Â CRE.EPÂ onÂ September 30, 2016Â viaÂ Cyber Tracks. Limited edition vinyl and t-shirt bundles are now available for pre-order while supplies last.Â The five song EP features brand new songs that reveal the bandâ€™s new modern sound, while maintaining that pop punk spirit.
Lead Singer/GuitaristÂ Will Salazarâ€™s near death experience in 2015 served as the true catalyst for the groupâ€™s epic return to the music world. â€œWhen that happened, we were mid-writing music but werenâ€™t ready to put anything out at that point,â€ says guitaristÂ Chris Lewis. â€œI got the text message in the middle of the night that Will had a stroke and put an online donation together right away.Â Will was blown away by the outpouring of well wishes he received. That was a wake up call that nothing in life is guaranteed.â€
As a result of their renewed drive to create music together, Â the group recordedÂ CRE.EP, the bandâ€™s first studio release since 2001â€™sÂ Lechuza.Â The music on this release spansÂ nearly 13 years of on and off songwriting with one of the tracks having been originally recorded in 2004 with original memberÂ Damon De La PazÂ who recently joined the band on a reunion tour this past March.
The songÂ â€œGet Looseâ€Â is a prime example of the groupâ€™s new sound that songwriter/bassistÂ Adam LewisÂ has been striving to achieve since their 2005 live albumÂ Purple Reign in Blood. It lies in the heart ofÂ CRE.EPÂ and defines the bandâ€™s new identity with its intricate guitar parts and booming vocals that resonate with its listeners throughout every track. WhileÂ â€œBending Over Backwardsâ€Â uniquely captures the groupâ€™s original sound from their birth in the mid â€˜90s that demonstrates the bandâ€™s true grittiness that fans all around the world have enjoyed since the beginning. The punk rock anthemÂ â€œChurch and Stateâ€Â connects with a modern day audience about political issues that are going on in todayâ€™s society. It demonstrates how the group has updated its music to be able to build a bridge from their old-school sound to something that todayâ€™s society can easily relate to. â€œIt’s my way of saying that our country is screwed up and everyone likes placing the blame on who screwed it up without really knowing why it’s screwed up in the first place,â€ says Salazar.
Originally formed in 1995 asÂ RiverfenixÂ (the name change was a result of a court-ordered cease and desist), Fenix TX released an EPÂ G.B.O.H.Â and soon after became the first band to sign withÂ Drive-Thru RecordsÂ to release their first full-length, 1997â€™sÂ Riverfenix. Later on withÂ MCAÂ they released two more albums, 1999â€™sÂ Fenix TXÂ and 2001’sÂ Lechuza, which collectively sold over 600,000 units prior to the band going on hiatus in 2002. In September 2005, Fenix TX announced their reunion releasing a live album,Â Purple Reign in Blood.
Fenix TXÂ isÂ William SalazarÂ (vocals/guitar),Â Chris LewisÂ (guitar), andÂ Adam LewisÂ (Bass) Their upcoming EPÂ CRE.EPÂ is set for aÂ September 30, 2016release viaÂ Cyber Tracks.