After the gig at Sebright Arms in September, Vlks have been typically off the radar (if not off the radio). We’re biding our time, keeping the mice out and politely declining a fair few gigs. The Vlks way is generally to keep to things behind the scenes. Developments do occur daily, but the most sensible amongst you won’t want to read them.
Some slight news is the imminent release of something new, possibly before Christmas but more likely in January. The ducks all have to be lined up, you see, and there are a lot of ducks. A waddling of ducks, in fact. Yeah. A waddling of ducks.*
The new release will contain a recording called ‘Good Grief’. It was recorded with Jim Riley a month or so ago. We played it at Sebright Arms. Everyone screamed. We took that as evidence of Vlksmania rather than cries of horror. It is much more likely to be the latter, and for that reason we’ll probably give it away for free. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right?
*If Vlks can be good for anything, it’s fodder for pub quizzes. A waddling of ducks is just one of lots of options. I could have used badelynge, bunch, brace, flock, paddling, raft or team. Ducks in their collective nouns are just something else, aren’t they?
Thanks to everyone that came to Sebright Arms last night – really happy to see so many people there. If anyone has any photos, please send them to us at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more news on shows and Vlks stuff generally..
Our 2nd EP Vlks X is out now, praised by BBC 6 Music, made Record of the Week on BBC Introducing and generally worth a browse. Right? Right. You can buy it from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all kinds of other places I haven’t listed.
Vlks headline London’s Sebright Arms on Thursday 26th September in association with Parallel Lines Promotions
TICKETS – advance tickets from here or £6 on the door (assuming it doesn’t sell out…)
Doors at 7:30
Support from Wolfboy at 8:30.
Matthias ‘Wolfboy’ Connor will be reading from his recently published book ‘Greatest Hits’, which will be available to buy on the night. Or from here
Vlks enter the fray at 9:25.
Featured by Paul Lester as The Guardian’s band of the day a couple of months ago, Vlks headline their first London show on 26th September at Sebright Arms (with Parallel Line Promotions, who also represent The National, Parquet Courts, Wild Beasts and many others). Their debut single ‘Day Of Bees’ was described by The Guardian as pure “indie gloom”, comparing the band to The Smiths. The new EP is called Vlks X and is out on September 23rd. The lead track ‘Clutter’ has begun receiving airplay already via BBC 6 Music (see Soundcloud link above).
There is a chance we’ll have some T-shirts to sell. But there won’t be many. You can obviously buy our new EP right now – see here for more details.
Looking forward to it….
Our 2nd EP Vlks X is out today and thus available right bloody now through Believe Digital. You can buy it from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all kinds of other places I haven’t listed. there. Consumers – you have choice and lots of it.
The EP includes ‘Clutter’, formerly BBC Introducing record of the week and still glowing warm from 6 Music love. Said EP also includes the recordings ‘Stuffed Birds’, ‘Feathers’ and ‘Cold Trains’. It has artwork from Christoff Spurr.
WE’RE ALSO PLAYING SEBRIGHT ARMS THIS WEEK. Tickets are from here.…
See you there. And do share the news, yeah?
DG (with favourite duck)
Finally, the summer is over. The days are shortening and the dark is appearing. Vlks are at their strongest in the dark. You were warned.
But, good news for everyone. Not only is the Vlks X EP out next Monday, but its lead track ‘Clutter‘ is being thrown all over the radio – BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing are amongst those imbibing on its tales of a messy front room. BBC Introducing called it Record of the Week, in fact. I imagine they clearly identify with the problems aggressive damp causes to your skirting boards. Dettol doesn’t sort everything, friends. You can have that tip for free.
This also means the countdown to the next London show is ever falling. You can still buy tickets for a night with Vlks on September 26th at Sebright Arms HERE: https://parallellines.ticketabc.com/events/vlks/.
Don’t forget that the 26th September is also our very own George Bacon’s birthday. So bring a cake or something, yeah?
BREAKING NEWS: We are hoping to have T-shirts to sell. You read that right, T-shirt fiends.
(Vlks X artwork by Christoff Spurr)
Hello Vlks folks,
Very pleased to confirm that the excellent Matthias ‘Wolfboy’ Connor has agreed to read from some of his writings as our support at Sebright Arms on Sept 26th. His first book, ‘Greatest Hits’, has just been published through De Stijl Records and will be on sale at the Sebright Arms. For more info, see http://destijlrecs.com/166.html
We also plan on having a horror film soundtrack DJ set between Wolfboy’s readings and Vlks.
Buy tickets for the gig here: https://parallellines.ticketabc.com/events/vlks/
Vlks X artwork below by Christoff Spurr (see http://misterbenn.co.uk/)
The new Vlks EP ‘Vlks X’ will be released on September 23rd 2013.
It carries on from where the debut release left off – the lead track ‘Clutter’ lamenting damp on the skirting boards against a monochrome chamber-pop backing track of weeping strings and Serge Gainsbourg percussion.
Vlks’ debut EP (‘Vlks V’) was released in April 2013 to nationwide critical acclaim – its lead track ‘Day Of Bees’ described by The Guardian as a ‘promisingly miserabilist start – a neat line in elegiac melodrama and camply overblown lyrics’ whilst being compared to Wild Beasts and The Smiths and receiving airplay via BBC Introducing.
Vlks have since supported The Wave Pictures and more recently Still Corners at London’s XOYO and will be headlining their first London show at The Sebright Arms on September 26th, through Parallel Lines Promotions (The National, Wild Beasts, Daughn Gibson, Parquet Courts, Sky Larkin). Tickets can be bought from here.
The full track-listing for Vlks X is:
1) Clutter (click HERE to listen via Soundcloud)
2) Stuffed Birds
4) Cold Trains
The EP was recorded with Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios. All artwork and photography by Christoff Spurr.