Big duo in a small town
Based in the small, dusty junction town of Creedmoor, Texas (population 202) the creative duo Known as Alien Knife Fight craft their sound at all hours in their big, old 1930's era house/home studio, situated on 3.6 acres that they call Big Bottom Farm.
AKF features vocalist / bassist Monique Ortiz and bassist/drummer Michael "Howie" Howard. Monique is best known for her collaborations with members of the band Morphine, which include Bourbon Princess (with original Morphine drummer Jerome Deupree), and more recently, A.K.A.C.O.D. (with Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley). A graduate of Pennsylvania College Of Art, Monique put painting and printmaking aside to devote her life to honing a unique approach to fretless bass, and slide bass, while dabbling with a variety of other instruments. Although many are quick to compare Monique's slide bass playing to Morphine's Mark Sandman, Monique pushes the instrument in new directions, focusing on a heavier sound influenced more by her punk and new wave roots, than by blues or jazz. Her voice, like her bass playing, crosses genres, drawing comparisons from Nina Simone to Chrissie Hynde. Her songwriting tends to shy away from the typical tales of romance, politics, and rebellion, and focuses more on the surreal, the subconscious, the absurd, and paranormal.
Monique's partner and band mate, Michael Howard (who often goes by "Howie")is better known as a bassist for Boise-based prog rock outfit Way, Shape & Form, and has also played bass in the "Stoner Rock" band Bay Of Pigs. He grew up as a drum student, on a steady diet of Sabbath, Zeppelin, and Zappa, but felt more of an affinity for the bass guitar in his late teens. Over the past twenty years Howie has gotten more involved in recording, engineering, producing for independent artists. He was front-of-house engineer for The Backroom, a long-gone Austin music venue. Howie met Monique through glass blowing (they both worked for the same company),returned to drums, and the two began collaborating shortly thereafter. Their undeniable common ground personally and creatively led to their engagement.
Alien Knife Fight are currently working with producer / multi-instrumentalist Mark Deutrom (Melvins, Sun O))), Clown Alley) on a new full-length follow-up to their 5-song EP (released in 2013), and perform regularly in the deep south and occasionally in the northeast.
Vocals, basses, keyboards: Monique Ortiz
Vocals, drums, percussion: Michael Howard
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