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Cory Dennis, Todd Harris, and Aaron Miller's first glimpse of success came in high school with The El Guapos, a popular indie-rock outfit that disbanded after three years of packed Austin venues, a capacity performance at the 2009 NAMM SXSW-Underage showcase, and a botched European record deal. While Miller and Harris studied at The University of Texas, Dennis honed his recording and production skills, founding Indie Fort Studios and working with local favorites like Zlam Dunk, Mother Falcon, and Little Lo. The three remained best friends and it wasn't long before they embarked on another musical project, this time experimenting with pop and electronic music. They called it Sphynx.
Propelled by several Austin artist collectives, Sphynx's debut single, “Razberry Wine,” was released on two local compilations and picked up by University of Texas radio station, KVRX. Sphynx gained more momentum with the February 2011 release of their debut EP, 'Human Beast.' Critics applauded the EP's "elaborate synth pop," and proclaimed that "here we've got a new breed" who "recycles a bit of history and puts a bit of soul to their songs." During the summer of 2011, 'Human Beast' charted in the top 30 on radio stations in Canada, Alaska, New York, Michigan, Florida, California, Louisiana and Texas. The EP's appeal soon expanded beyond radio and in August of 2011, 'Human Beast' was licensed by MTV, VH1, Showtime, E!, Oxygen, and Fox Sports Network for use on over 18 programs. In September of 2011, Sphynx was the featured artist on the website of nationally syndicated radio program, Loveline. The three continued to navigate their way through the world of music and in December of 2011, Sphynx released a full-length version of 'Human Beast,' in Japan on Thistime Records (The Posies, Mercy Mercedes, Tigercity). The album consists of their EP in it's entirety along with their October 2011 single, 'Sha Dynasty' and 'Orbs,' a song that was released in the U.S. in February of 2012 via Indie Fort Records, the cassette/digital label owned and operated by the band. In March of 2012, Sphynx was named one of the top 10 new bands in Austin at The Austin Chronicle's 'Austin Music Awards.' The trio has toured relentlessly since 'Human Beast,' bringing their strange, memorable, and wildly energetic live performances to festivals, bars, basements, and house parties across the southern U.S.
Sphynx's performances include a 2011 showcase at The 35 Conferette Music Festival (along with Dr. Dog, Big Boi, Local Natives, Gayngs), a 2012 Showcase at the SXSW festival, and supporting spots for popular acts like Wavves, Maps and Atlases, Holy Fuck, White Denim, Peelander-Z, The Octopus Project, and more. Sphynx is currently working on a new album and will be making the Texas festival circuit this summer, with performances at Chaos in Tejas (Best Coast, Art vs. Science, etc.), Mr. Fest (White Denim), and more to be announced. They travel in a 1988 RV, perform in gender ambiguous thrift store clothing, and sell cassettes.