Formed in 2016 by frontman Adam McKinney-Drew, alt-pop quartet MCXX (pronounced: M-C-X) layer their electronic dream-pop sound with indie rock sensibilities. The Indiana-based group also features the talents of keyboardist Levi Bennington, lead guitarist Vincent Charles, and drummer Conner Host.
MCXX was first heard in June 2016 with their debut single, Hair. Followed by their 5-song EP, Apollo released in July. Teaming with producer Jeremy Mang, they released their debut full-length album Sourmouth in May 2017.
In July 2015, Adam McKinney-Drew and Vincent Charles left their chart-topping pop-punk band The Getaway Year. McKinney-Drew began learning the trade of mix engineering from a fellow friend who owned his own studio. He would apply the tricks and tips to his own mixes. The first demo being a track titled, Blindfolded, later to appear on the MCXX's debut EP. McKinney-Drew eventually had numerous songs he liked and decided to enter the studio with them in February 2016, By June the band would release their debut single, Hair - a dark, but beautiful anthem about one's natural struggle to self-love. Keys player Levi Bennington and drummer Quintin Johnson played in a rival band of McKinney-Drew and Charles, but proved their talents sufficed to be permanent spots in the line-up. A month after in July, MCXX would drop their 5-song EP, Apollo. The band name derived from unoriginality itself. It was simple the name of the folder on McKinney-Drew's computer where he saved all his demos to: MCXX - too lethargic to type out his whole last name he unknowingly wished his future into existence. MCXX played the festival scene over the summer of 2016 notably: Weberfest and Hometown Heroes.
On November 20, MCXX released a music video to a new single titled Thunder. It embodied a new sound for the band, with more pop sensibilities and 80's inspired guitar tones. On December 8th, the band announced they were entering the studio with producer Jeremy Mang to record a debut full-length album - to be called: Sourmouth. McKinney-Drew stated the album would be about the ignorance of society and how everyone is talking but nobody is listening to each other. Early in the recording process, MCXX replaced drummer Quintin Johnson with Conner Host. Host would do all the drum work on the album minus OHHEY!, Thunder, and No Talk.
Their second single off the album came on January 14. No Talk was reviewed as feisty and ground-breaking for the band. The single solidified the band was moving in a new direction with their music.
A week before Sourmouth was due out on April 15. The band released a music video for their third single Egyptian Cotton - an energetic bass-drum track that dismisses materialistic lifestyle. Egyptian Cotton initiated MCXX's presence as great up-and-coming band in the Midwest music scene and drummed up the attention of a couple record labels, but MCXX decided to remain as an independent act.
MCXX played their last show of 2018 on March 24 at Old National Centre in Indianapolis through LiveNation. The band has always been good at remaining ambiguous. Not giving much information on their future intentions, they have only promised new singles in 2019.