Music Notes: 5 Local Bands Formed During Quarantine

Niki D'AndreaJanuary 12, 2022
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People did all sorts of things to stay occupied and feel less isolated during the pandemic quarantine of 2020 – baking bread, shopping online, binging Netflix. Some people even formed bands. Here are five music groups from Phoenix that began to jam while everyone else was watching Tiger King.

This four-piece shoegaze band released its first full-length album, Just Smile, in November 2020 and continues to play regularly around town, posting about upcoming shows on

Another self-described shoegaze band, female-fronted Glixen adds even dreamier layers of fuzzy guitar melodies and obscured vocals to their songs, like the single “Sugarcube,” which sounds sort of like the Cocteau Twins meandering around a fog-filled studio with My Bloody Valentine.

Mile High Actors
This melodic punk duo formed in Gilbert in 2017, but didn’t release its first full-length album (self-titled) until 2020. Local shows are announced on the band’s Instagram: @milehighactors

Murder Me
Horns and synthesizers punctuate the gritty guitar-rock sounds of five-piece Phoenix band Murder Me (not to be confused with the Argentinian noise ensemble of the same name). The band’s debut single, “Drag Me to Hell,” is a hard-charging, melodic soundtrack to debauchery. Find fliers for upcoming shows on the band’s Instagram: @murdermeband

Pablo Lovetrain
Singer and drummer Pablo Bastidas leads this four-piece jazz-funk alternative band on its mission to make Phoenicians dance in public again. The band is currently working on its first EP, with the first single, the buoyant and head-bopping “Risky,” available for listening on


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