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Saint Agnes – “Where the Lightning Strikes” (video)

21 Oct

Saint Agnes

For all our love of music that tends to go pop, or whirr with electro hums, gasp with breath like atmospherics or bounce with a thumping bassline, there is a large part of us that cannot live without the angular grind of guitar and the sweaty, dirty howl of blues-driven rock. Which is why, as soon as we heard “Old Bone Rattle” a few months ago, we knew that Saint Agnes was going to be one of those bands that we would be falling in love with. That they have hitched their sail to a fantastically dark and deviant ship helmed by the Energy Snake crew only served to seal the deal.

Following on from the re-release of “Old Bone Rattle” this year, the duo have released the suitably foreboding and twisted “A Beautiful Day For Murder” and have now shared the wonderfully scratched and retro filtered video for the b-side, “Where the Lightning Strikes”.

‘But Mr Alphabet Sir’, we (like to think we) hear you say (and do keep calling us Sir) ‘why are you sharing the b-side? Surely you should focus on the a-side as by definition it is ranked ‘a’ which is clearly better than ‘b’. No?’

Well, small pedantic person who we just conjured up in our mind, no.

Sure we could, but if everyone did exactly what you expected, life would be pretty dull. Also, as good as “A Beautiful Day For Murder” is, and it is very very good (so good we’re streaming that below too), we’re in the mood for something a bit rockier and a bit dirtier. Something covered in the dust of the desert and full of coyote howl harmonicas. We’re in the mood for a track that sidles up next to you in a bar in the old west, drains a whiskey, smiles at you and then starts an almighty bar room brawl just for shits and giggles. We’re in the mood for a track whose rhythm stomps and struts, whose melody embraces the chaotic nature of the universe and that has a grand organ wail that matches its stupendously arrogant and confident attitude.

Yeah, pop is great and all, but today it’s all about the sleazy grind of the blues.

”A Beautiful Day for Murder”, backed with “Where the Lightning Strikes”, is out now and available to buy on iTunes.

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Vuvuvultures – “Arty Party” (Video)

11 Apr

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They’re back! Just when we were sitting here bemoaning the lack of dark, skittish and sinister electro, pop rock sounds in our lives, Vuvuvultures have returned like a musical Batman throwing out beats, riffs, warped digital glitches and attitude from within their utility belt.

After last year’s fantastic debut album, Push / Pull (which made into our albums of the year long list), the gizmo crazy foursome are set to release four 7” AA side singles in 2014. The first of which, “I”, will feature “Arty Party” (the video for which you can watch below – stay ’til the end btw) and “Song Bot”, a track the band say is ”delightfully sinister”. Coming from the group that gave us the outstandingly menacing, ”I’ll Cut You”, that’s saying something.

As evidenced by the video, “Arty Party” is more balls to the wall fun and frolics, meant for dancing, jumping and bouncing around to like a loon. After some very grand and cinematic videos, director Fiona Garden has opted for a more back to basics style, featuring the band doing just those things we mentioned, jumping about, having a laugh, rocking some super Prince-style ruffles (Nicole) and pumping iron (Paul). It is perfectly Vuvuvultures and we love them for it.

Since we first featured them back in March 2012, their reputation has soared and more esteemed publications than ours have been lining up to sing their praises and that trend should only continue over the next 12 months. Hell, they’re even playing with Adam Ant at the Hammersmith Apollo soon, a man who Mr Alphabet Bands was named after (true story). And we thought we couldn’t love them more than we already did.

Watch the video, stay ‘til the end for some post credits japery, let yourself go and have a good old jump around the living room.

”Arty Party/Song Bot” is out on 19 April via Energy Snake Records/Cadiz Music.

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Watch: Vuvuvultures – “Stay Still”

15 Feb

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Let’s face it, Vuvuvultures have never been shy about making videos that are a bit, well, weird. In ”Pills Week” they marched off the face of the earth and out into the universe where Harmony gathered in additional limbs from her bandmates (no, really); then in ”I’ll Cut You” she had razor sharp toothed mouths where her eyes should be.

If those were ‘you might want to spend some time with a therapist’ weird, then their latest video, for “Stay Still” (a track we love so much this is the third time we have posted it), is ‘lock in a padded cell and medicate heavily’ crazy.

Where do we even start? With the half man/half fly perhaps? Or the 50’s style housewife with a thing for bug-men? Maybe the dead animal dinner? Or the live bug and maggot side dishes? How about the pun heavy book titles or the random animation two thirds in? We won’t spoil it for you, trust us you need to watch this for yourself, but let’s just say that a TV that turns itself back on is about the sanest thing in this video.

As for the track, well if you have read either of our previous posts you know we love it and that affection hasn’t abated one bit. Last time out we talked about its ”throbbing, grooving bassline [that] pulsates beneath Harmony’s ever so sexy vocals” and ”the futuristic, sci-fi guitar licks and, oh yes, the massive electronic freak-out of an ending”. What has since become apparent is that this is probably their most dance friendly track so far, and by that we mean that each time we hear it we engage in what most people would assume to be some sort of seizure but is actually our attempt to groove.

Watch the video, be a bit weirded out, watch it again, realise its amazing, and then go buy tickets for their single launch show in London on 12 March at The Lexington.

”Stay Still” is due for release on 25 March via the band’s own Energy Snake Records and Cadiz Music. It’s great to see they have finally found a use for the name, Energy Snake too.

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Read More: 2013 Preview: Listen Out For – Vuvuvultures / Laughing about the Energy Snake – Vuvuvultures Interview / In Review: Vuvuvultures – VVV EP

Laughing About The Energy Snake: Vuvuvultures Interview

2 Nov

While we try to put across an air of professionalism when writing at Alphabet Bands, we are in reality just music fans and as music fans we can get very excited about certain acts. One band that has thrilled us a number of times this year is Vuvuvultures. We raved about their debut EP, VVV and both of their videos, for ”Pills Week” and ”I’ll Cut You”. It should be no surprise to learn then that we were practically foaming at the mouth when we found out they would be playing live at Norwich Sound & Vision (they blew us away by the way) and almost instantly we dropped the band a line asking to meet up.

To our delight they said yes but as the time drew nearer, trepidation began to set in. We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but when the cover is all you have, it is hard not to. So it was with Vuvuvultures; the cover we were looking at was dressed all in black leather and giving off something of a dark and ominous vibe. Their videos are sinister, visceral affairs with a sexual undercurrent permeating throughout, their music pulsating with attitude, creativity and a whole lot of not-giving-a-fuck-about-what-you-think. Frankly, the more we thought about it, the more we fretted over how disinterested they would be when we met.

We needn’t have worried. While they may present the image of people you would cross the road to avoid any confrontation with, Harmony, Nicole, Paul and Matt are actually more like people everyone gravitates to at parties. They are a genuinely lovely bunch who like to amuse and joke with one another and who present a real and heartening sense of camaraderie between them. Our conversation is easy and peppered with laughter as they answer questions and finish one another’s sentences.

They are humble too, the reach of the VVV EP took them by surprise; fans contacting them from places like Canada, Brazil and Mexico had not been expected. It’s success and the positive response to it does not inspire arrogance, more appreciation and reassurance that their faith in themselves, their vision, is justified.

“Vagina Laser”

It is a vision that has been shared by the directors of their videos as well, as Nicole explains. ”We just immediately connected on an ideas level with both [the directors] so it was like, ‘this is awesome, we bounce ideas off each other and then you guys just do whatever you want’.” Well not exactly ‘whatever you want’, despite being extremely open minded, there are limits and Harmony drew the line at having a ‘Vagina Laser’ in the video for “I’ll Cut You”. Was that too far beyond the realm of taste and decency even for them? “More like my Dad will kill me!” they laugh.

They laugh again when we discuss how they came up with the name, Vuvuvultures (pronounced va-va-vultures) having originally been christened ‘Bunny Come”. Nicole’s explanation that they “were looking for something that was kind of devoid of meaning as much as possible so that you could give it its own kind of identity with the music” quickly descends into a recollection of rejected names (including ‘puberty conference’ and ‘oil in bowl’) and the possible future uses for ‘Energy Snake’. Word to the wise, as awesome a band name as it would be, Harmony would be pissed off if anyone stole it.

Having fun is clearly a massive part of what Vuvuvultures are about and no opportunity for hilarity is missed. Even when writing and recording, samples are given names that are either ” the first thing you think of when you hear the sound, or trying to make someone laugh when they’re going through the folder”. It was the folder that produced the name of the EPs first track, the amazing “Ctrl Alt Mexicans”, as it was originally just the name of a loop they would later use for the song. Not, as you may otherwise imagine, a blatant attempt to curry favour in Central America, though that is a strategy they are willing to consider. ”If that works” says Harmony, ”we’re just going to start naming songs after countries we want to go”.

A couple of new songs make it into their set that night (not named after countries) and writing for an album, as well as a couple more videos, is very much their immediate focus. The plan is to have videos done by the end of the year and to make 2013 about the album (to be titled ‘Energy Snake’ we hope) and to raise awareness of the band. Following the success of VVV and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to their live shows, they could be forgiven for having high expectations for the future but they have the same modest outlook that was on show when they discussed the reach of the EP.

“I feel like charts are kind of more relevant for the industry than the actual general public”

They are pragmatic too. We discuss measures of success and what will have the biggest impact in increasing their audience. There has been a lot of talk recently about the proliferation of online music distribution services and aggregators, as well as the continuing relevance of the official charts and which of them would do more for an artist. It sparks possibly the most serious part of our entire conversation without any real concrete conclusions being drawn. “I feel like charts are kind of more relevant for the industry than the actual general public”, Harmony suggests. “Because the general public that listen to chart music aren’t really deciding what they listen to, they’re just being told what to listen to”.

”Ask us again when we’ve charted!” laughs Nicole.

The free cider may have had some part to play (unlikely unless they are each even more of a lightweight than we are) but our original fears about the band being uninterested in us were entirely unfounded. Vuvuvultures, are collectively warm, engaging, generous, articulate and funny. What is also clear is that they genuinely enjoy just hanging around with one another and having fun. Once their set is done the beer will flow, their laughter will be heard around the streets of Norwich and their dance moves appreciated by Deaf Club and her audience. For all their unapproachable and intimidating image, they are relly just a group of friends having a good time who also happen to make some incredible music.