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Live-music junkies looking for great local talent are doomed to encounter a universal annoyance, regardless of genre: the band who think their music will change the world (and yours, too, if you buy one of their modestly priced demos). And even though their 2006 debut CD was titled The Studiofix Will Change Your Life, there’s a tasty irony here: The women of the Studiofix have no interest in revolutionizing the musical world—they seem to like it just fine the way it is.
With their rowdy rock rhythms, jagged guitar lines and danceable power pop, vocalist/guitarist Nichole “Paco” De Leon, bassist Jenna Eyrich and drummer Jacqueline Pablo serve up a dose of boy-friendly girl power. (Pretty impressive considering they share a name with a cosmetics line from MAC.) Besides the use of easily digestible titles such as “1-2-3-4 Stop,” the band’s appeal hinges on their ability to swirl aspects of Top 40 and ultra-hip underground sounds into a strong-yet-unpretentious cocktail.
Their fierce, flirty sound didn’t emerge overnight. Formed behind the gates of Rosary High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Fullerton, the three-piece spent several years turning a haphazard hobby into a real band. Since their first CD, they’ve released a 2007 EP, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and are currently finishing a second full-length to be released this summer.
And though the new album, The Studiofix: Changing Lives Since 2004, might, through some happy accident, change your life, it’s good to know that at least one band out there are only kidding when they say that.
The Studiofix play with Death Hymn Number 9, the Colourists and DJ Oldboy at La Cave, 1695 Irvine Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-7944; www.lacaverestaurant.com. Sat., 10 p.m. Free. 21+.