Rachel Maria Cox is a non-binary singer songwriter who grew up in Western Sydney and is now based in Newcastle, NSW.
In 2016 their sophomore EP, I Just Have a Lot Of Feelings, was released to an overwhelmingly positive response. As well as receiving positive reviews in The Music, Beat, The Brag, Strine Whine, Newcastle Mirage, ProjectU, and many others, the first single, A Phone I Can't Use, gained airplay on Triple J, High rotation on Triple J Unearthed and other community radio stations. The second single, Zips, Netflix & Dinner For Six, was shortlisted for the 2016 Vanda And Young Songwriting Award, as well as being added to Triple J Unearthed Rotation. 2016 also saw Cox play sold out shows with Alex Lahey, Camp Cope, Paper Thin, Self Talk, Safe Hands and many more.
In 2017, they were dubbed by Newcastle Live as one of the top 5 local acts to watch in 2017 as well as successfully crowdfunding their debut LP release. Their debut Single Emotionally Untidy gained consistent Airplay on Triple J, and their follow up single Stronger Lines saw them win a Triple J Unearthed competition to have a music video made by NIDA graduates and premiered on Rage on October 7th 2017. They've also been nominated for the 2017 National Live Music Award for Pop Live Act Of The Year.
Some Kind Words About RMC
"Cox has a powerful voice, and when paired with their heartbreaking songs they have the ability to really bring the audience in." - Newcastle Live
"‘I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings’ is one of the most impressive EP’s to come out of Newcastle this year, a near-flawless five track release that people will be coming back to for years to come." - Newcastle Live
"A great slice of heart-on-sleeve storytelling." - Dom Alessio, Triple J
"RACHEL MARIA COX IS MY FAVOURITE PERSON DOING THESE KIND OF SONGS RIGHT NOW...JUST LIKE A KICK ASS NEW SERIES I’M ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO RMCS NEXT EPISODE…UM…I MEAN, RELEASE AND SEEING WHERE THIS STORY GOES!" - COOLTRY.COM
"“I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS” IS A COLLECTION OF TUNES THAT NEVER FAILS TO HIT EXTREMELY CLOSE TO HOME... A WONDERFUL MICROCOSM OF INTROSPECTION, MASKED BY CLEVER, OH SO CATCHY INDIE-POP AND BEFORE YOU REALISE IT, YOU’RE BOPPING ALONG TO AN EXTREMELY PERSONAL INTERNAL MONOLOGUE, BLINDSIDED BY FEELINGS. AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT." - NEWCASTLE MIRAGE
"POSSESSING A SIMILAR CANDID LYRICAL SPARK PRESENT IN AUSTRALIA'S RECENT WAVE OF (FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM) FOLK-PUNK ACTS, RACHEL MARIA COX LAYS DOWN SOME ROLLING, LUSH ROAD-TRIP GUITAR LICKS TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT BALANCE OF SPACE. IT'S WELCOMING AND REAL." - BEAT MAGAZINE
"BITING MISERY AND SARDONIC WIT, THE WHOLE COSMIC JOKE WORN WRAPPED AROUND COX’S SLEEVE LIKE A TOTEM OF COMFORT ‘COS EVERYTHING’S JUST TOO DAMN RIDICULOUS. SCRATCHY SAD PUNK LIKE THIS HAS THE HABIT OF STICKING IN THE CRAW, EVERY LINE SUNG OR GROWLED WITH CRYSTAL CLARITY ABOUT UNCLEAR EVENTS, SMALL MOMENTS OF FRUSTRATION AND MISCOMMUNICATION FLOCKING TO FORM A CLOUD OF DISAPPOINTMENT– WHAT SHAPES DO YOU SEE? COX LENDS ENOUGH SPECIFICITY TO GROUND THESE SONGS IN REALITY AND ANCHORS THEM WITH EVERYTHING UNIVERSALLY RESONANT: LOVE AND LOSS AND LONGING AND WICKED MELODIES. IT’S THE KINDA PONDERING AND PERSONAL RECORD THAT SEEMS LIKELY TO DIAGNOSE EVERY UNARTICULATED ACHE YOU COULD NEVER NEEDLE OUT YOURSELF." - STRINE WHINE