March Localized features an orgy of electric sound on March 15 at 9 p.m. The sultry, blues-rock sounds of Merchant Royal will massage things into action before we get a little horny (that’s a trumpet joke) with energetic, brass-infused ska-punkers Bombshell Academy. Once we’re hot and bothered, MiNX will hit the stage for an audio-visual mixtape that might leave your shorts a little moist—bring cigarettes for after. This $5 show is 21+ at Urban Lounge and graciously sponsored by Salt Lake Community College, KRCL 90.9FM, Budweiser and Spilt Ink.
The bubbly, vivacious vocalist of MiNX, Ischa B., greeted me outside a nondescript machining facility—an oddly appropriate meeting place, given MiNX’s often dark, industrial visual style. We went inside to sit with the other half of the band, the comparatively soft-spoken guitarist Raffi Shahinian, who explained that Ischa and he had known each other since ’97 and that MiNX grew from the political-sex-rock act, Uncle Scam. Ischa became involved in Uncle Scam after becoming weary of her day-to-day grind: “I was working retail, corporate America. I was like, ‘Man, I gotta do some music. I gotta do some art,’” she says. Soon, she was enlisted as lead vocalist. Uncle Scam thrived for a while, earning positive album reviews and even playing a Localized show in 2010 before band members departed, leaving only Raffi and Ischa to tinker with their sound. “The other band members left and Raffi and I continued the Uncle Scam project, but were starting our own project that was just us,” says Ischa. In February 2012, MiNX jolted to life.