Myzica Are Bringing a New Sound to Nashville

Myzica Are Bringing a New Sound to Nashville

For its November issue, V honors the change-makers driving pop culture forward. Next up is Nashville-based band Myzica, who turn a grassroots town into their own dreamland.

For its November issue, V honors the change-makers driving pop culture forward. Next up is Nashville-based band Myzica, who turn a grassroots town into their own dreamland.

Photography: Inez & Vinoodh

Styling: Jay Massacret

Text: Priya Rao

For most bands hailing from Nashville, musical references like Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper might seem a little out of place. Not so for indie-pop duo Myzica, made up of producer Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd. “There’s a lot of good music in Nashville, but it’s still a little bit difficult for pop and alternative music to break out,” says Tawlks.

With an ‘80s and early ‘90s-like sound, it’s fitting that Tawlks says their debut album, Love & Desire, which launched this past fall, was especially influenced by movies like John Hughes’s classic Some Kind of Wonderful. “I was watching it the night before I started working on the first song,” he says. “It was almost a tribute to my childhood.”

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Still, the twosome understand that the quintessential meet-cute love story has changed quite a bit since the ‘80s. “[With social media] some kind of vague post stirs something up,” says Byrd. “It’s like, ‘Oh is that about me? Could it be?’” Tawlks agrees, “A good friend and I were picking apart someone’s Twitter and we were like, ‘Why does this feel weird or uncomfortable?’ And then she said back to me, ‘Social media is where every person is trying to be a business and every business is trying to be a person.’”

But Myzica tries to fight against that level of artifice, as evidenced by their sumptuously emotive single “Ready Or Not” and their cover of “Drive” by the Cars. “There’s a line in one of our songs that is ‘I know you want me, I want you,’ and I was almost embarrassed about it because it’s super direct,” says Tawlks. “But [singer-songwriter] Matthew [Perryman Jones] said, ‘No, it’s fucking perfect. It’s what everyone needs to say.’”

So, directness is the name of the game for Myzica come 2017 in terms of music and their respective personal lives. “I’m gonna be real with you: I’m just a mom, and I also work a serving job,” says Byrd. “I’m ready for this to go somewhere and I want to be able to put time into something I’m proud of and love.”

Credits: MAKEUP JEANINE LOBELL (TIM HOWARD MANAGEMENT)  HAIR CHRISTIAAN  MANICURE DEBORAH LIPPMANN (THE MAGNET AGENCY)  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STEPHANIE BARGAS (VLM PRODUCTIONS)  PRODUCTION COORDINATOR EVA HARTE (VLM PRODUCTIONS)  STUDIO PRODUCER TUCKER BIRBILIS (VLM PRODUCTIONS)  STUDIO MANAGER MARC KROOP (VLM STUDIO)  DIGITAL TECHNICIAN BRIAN ANDERSON (VLM STUDIO)  LIGHTING DIRECTOR JODOKUS DRIESSEN (VLM STUDIO)  PHOTO ASSISTANT JOE HUME  STYLIST ASSISTANTS OLIVIA KOZLOWSKI, SEAN NGUYEN, SOPHIA TORRES-ULRICH, TALLIA BELLA PEPE  MAKEUP ASSISTANT JESSICA ROSS  HAIR ASSISTANT TAKU SUGAWARA  MANICURE ASSISTANTS STEPHANIE ARIA AND RIWAKO KOBAYASHI  RETOUCHING STEREOHORSE  LOCATION PIER 59 STUDIOS  CATERING DISHFUL

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