The women of Warped: Anissa and Alexia Rodriguez of Eyes Set To Kill
(With the Vans Warped Tour returning to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Friday, for the second year in a row, we’re spending this week getting to know some of the women on punk’s most pop-friendly summer tour. Today: Eyes Set To Kill, featuring sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez.)
Age: Alexia Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), 22; Anissa Rodriguez (bass), 21
Hometown: Tempe, Ariz.
Their sound: Post-hardcore, sceamo and metal.
Most recent album: Broken Frames, released in June
You’ll dig them if you also like: Thursday, A Day to Remember, Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, A Skylit Drive.
Their story: Question: What do you do if you’ve got a month to kill in Ocala?
Answer: Nothing. You kill it in Tampa instead.
“My grandma has a condo, and she lives in Chicago, and she was like, 'Yeah, spend it here if you want,’” said Alexia Rodriguez of the Arizona screamo band Eyes Set To Kill, who recorded their new album Broken Frames at Ocala’s Wade Studios. “It was cheaper than getting hotels every night, and it was just more room, so we could just lounge and watch TV and cook whatever we wanted, instead of just having drive-through every day.”
Ocala is a long way from home for Eyes Set To Kill, which is spending its first full summer on the Warped Tour. Sisters Alexia (clean vocals, guitar) and Anissa Rodriguez (bass) formed the band as teens in 2004 when they realized their own solo projects were going nowhere. They’ve already released three full-length albums, including Broken Frames, recorded in Ocala with producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Burden of a Day).
“Before, we worked with so many different producers, but I felt like they didn’t really see the vision of where we wanted to go with our music,” Alexia said. “The producers we had before were experts in pop rock, and stuff we don’t write. We don’t write really popular music, so it was hard for us to work with them. But with Andrew, he’s in the scene. He knew we wanted to be metal, and we wanted to be a lot heavier on this album. It felt like he was in the band, because he knew exactly what we wanted.”
That’s saying something, because the Rodriguez siblings are picky about who they work with. Eyes Set To Kill has cycled through some 10 members since 2004, including a few different screamers opposite Alexia. She said one audition got derailed because “it just ended up being a bunch of guys who had a crush on Anissa, and wanted to join the band, and they were all really bad.”
The sisters’ intimidating looks have led to noteriety in magazines like Revolver, which nominated them for “Hottest Chicks in Metal” at the 2010 Golden God Awards.
“It’s cool,” Alexia said of the nomination. “I think some people look at it as a negative, because they think it’s sexist or something, but I think it’s a good promotional thing. ... I don’t think there’s anyone who’s a fan of us because we were in Revolver, and they don’t even know our music. I think it’s a good way to grab people’s attention and help them discover new music.”
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Marienne Harris