Rachel Maria Cox - Newcastle’s Favourite Boy Band.
The non-binary singer songwriter and their band have spent the last few years building a name for themselves at home and abroad with their unique flavour of ‘emo-pop'. Their debut LP, Untidy Lines, gained critical acclaim from Triple J, Rolling Stone Australia, Australian Guitar Magazine and was The Brag’s Album of the Week. Singles off Untidy lines were equally well received - Emotionally Untidy gained plenty of airplay on Triple J, If I’m Smiling (It’s Because I’m Thinking About Zac Efron) was added to Spotify’s Fresh Finds Playlist, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams and gaining them international attention, and Stronger Lines won the Triple J Unearthed NIDA competition, with the resulting film clip being played on ABC’s Rage.
RMC has been shortlisted for the 2016 Vanda & Young songwriting prize and nominated for the 2017 National Live Music Awards’ Live Pop Act Of The Year, honing their energetic live set at Mountain Sounds Festival, Mardi Gras Fair Day and Cox’s own project Sad Grrrls Festival as well as supporting artists like Camp Cope, Ruby Fields, Alex Lahey and Ali Barter. A proud advocate for Non-binary people in the music industry as well as gender diversity, Rachel Maria Cox is frequently named as an artist to watch, and their live show makes it clear why.
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