A product of Queensland's Northern sugar cane fields, hot summers and cyclones, the Vixens of Fall are a reflection of their homeland. Sweet, hot and a little bit crazy!
Born and raised in the tropical North city of Cairns, the three sisters Kristina (Nina), Adrienne (Wren) and Anneliese (Lulu) established their grasp on the world. Their home was a close one, infused with the songs of their Father, who was a songwriter and poet and would play his guitar every morning before work, combined with the love and encouragement of their Italian descended Mother. With a pot of coffee on the stove and the accompaniment of his daughters harmonies, the scene for the Vixens formative years was set.
In 2000 the family moved from Cairns to Brisbane, settling ultimately in the Northern region of Redcliffe by the sea. Despite there being an eight year age gap between eldest sister Nina (28) and the youngest Lulu (20), the girls nevertheless fostered a sisterly bond that included all the characteristics of children brought up in the safety and security of a well-nurtured, loving family home with firm Country values at its core. Kinship, fanciful role-play, dancing, singing, laughing and of course arguing, were all a part of the Vixens childhood years. As Nina recounts “We’d argue of course, but always get through it. We’d fix issues by apologising and hugging it out… these days however we Vix (1) it with a glass of wine!”
The girls earliest influences came through the music of their home. The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton and Creedence Clear Water Revival were all a part of their Father’s morning repertoire and began the girls early passion for song. Once old enough to establish their own musical tastes and the inevitable influence of popular culture, the three would meander through a musical role-play in their bedrooms to the tunes of The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Bewitched and perhaps most notably influential to their end sound, Shania Twain.
Taking to performance early, as part of the ballet, in dance and through drama groups, the three girls seemed inevitably destined for the stage. Their coming together as ‘Vixens of Fall’ and their pursuit of the limelight as a serious group of vocalists came about in 2014 and since then they have worked tirelessly to capture the hearts and minds of their fans across the states. From 2016 onwards they have played numerous country music festivals including the legendary Tamworth and Gympie Muster in 2019, received notable radio airplay and released two singles and an EP.
Revix (verb) – to adapt and alter the musical state of existing songs to give them the Vixens unique sound and musicality.
Vixen (noun) –
A female fox
A sprited or quarrelsome woman
Nina, Wren and Lulu Whitehouse
Vixenate – to fall under the spell of and/or be captured by Vixens of Fall
Vixenated (see explanation above)
Vixenation - the mental state of fluidity and sass that is derived when one has been
Vixed – when music loves first engage with the sassy sirens of Vixens of Fall
Vix it – When a displeasing state of mind or situation is adjusted to suit the sassy sistas
The 2019 release of their debut EP ‘A Love Like Ours’ was a significant milestone for the band which included the hit singles ‘Jerimiah’ and ‘Down by the River’ and was produced with Michael Moko at The Pool Room in Waterford West and Michael McCartin’s Black Wolf Studios on the Sunshine Coast.
Vixens of Fall ooze the country rock ethos of their predecessors. The three have such a sassy disposition about them that you can’t help but be enchanted by the glowing smiles that draw you in and dance you through their playful but heartfelt songs. Songs that quite obviously come from a place of passion and experience and aim to connect deeply with their audience.
The strength of their bond as sisters no doubt serves to cement the sense of authenticity and unity behind the messages that their music aims to convey. As the three recount “We grew up together and experienced all that life has to offer. From scratched knees in the playground, to the first kiss, to heartache, to pure bliss. All the bumps in the ‘smooth’ road they call life, and yet, no matter how many times we have all had our moments of crying on the bathroom floor, but we’re always there and we’ll pick each other up.”
In 2020 The Vixens are bound for bigger and better than before. They kicked off the year with Tamworth Country Music Festival where they won Tamworth 2020 Battle of the Bands and were runners up in the Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year 2020 and they released their latest single on Valentine's Day - ‘And Then We Dance.' The song heralds an exciting new phase for the three girls, as they continue to write and record into the new decade and continue to harness their sultry powers in the new music and continue to Vixenate (2) the world of Country Rock. As Nina explains of the latest release ‘It’s all about lust and desire and dancing around the fire’. And let's be honest, who doesn’t want a piece of that?