Schmillion is: Frankie Blue (guitar), Natalie Shea (vocals), Zoe Graham (guitar), Cecil Blackwood Cross (bass) and Graham Bailey (drums)
Born and bred in Austin, Texas, Schmillion formed in the summer of 2009. Originally a line up of 5 girls, 13-15 years of age at the time, the group quickly gained notoriety for their crunchy guitar riffs, unexpectedly heavy sound and belting vocals that is sometimes lyrical, sometimes driving, always infectious.
In March 2012, Schmillion headlined a showcase at the 35 Denton Music Festival and played their second official SXSW Showcase presented by the City of Austin and featuring some of Austin’s most exciting exports – including two of the contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.” They also played with Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery of R-Ring, walked the runway at Style X and played many other SXSW dayshows.
In 2011 Schmillion opened for “Best Album” Grammy winners Arcade Fire at their Texas dates in Dallas, Austin and Houston. They earned a coveted spot on the black stage at Fun, Fun, Fun Fest and played the annual pre-ACL party, Art Disaster 13, showcasing emerging bands. Schmillion shared a bill with the Bangles at their first SXSW Showcase.
Schmillion has also shared the stage with Ume, Okkervil River, Explosions in the Sky, Peelander Z, Follow That Bird and many others.
The bands second EP, Seven, will release May 2012. They provided backup vocals for Peelander Z’s 2012 release, Space Vacation. Schmillion’s first self-titled EP released in December 2010.
Voted “Best Under 18 Band” 2010 and 2011 in the Austin Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll, Schmillion won for the third year in a row at this year’s Austin Music Awards, with four members of the band still just 16-17 years old.
When they aren’t playing music, you’ll find Schmillion at the movies, at one of their favorite local taco stands or out watching live music in Austin.