This is the lead track from the “Vlks XIV” EP. It’s called ‘Dogs’. It’s a stately waltz. It has a horror string soundtrack. We hope you like it.
The new Vlks EP is called “Vlks XIV”. Recorded with Jim Riley and Brendan Esmonde at Ranscombe Studios in Rochester, it is big, scary, gloomy and entertainingly melodramatic, containing several enormous sections of horror strings, cavernous reverb and on at least one song, the sound of a barrel full of gravel being scraped to within an inch of its life (you can make your own witty analogies). It is everything you came to expect from your favourite indie gloomsters and it is all the more brilliant for it. It will be available for streaming and buying very soon.
- Make A Face
- To The Amusements
The artwork, by regular collaborator Christoff Spurr, is below.
TONIGHT, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT DEATH.
The new Vlks single is ‘Good Grief’. You can buy it from all online stores and/or listen to it on Spotify and Soundcloud etc right now.
‘Good Grief’ is the third single by Vlks. With the group previously described by The Guardian as ‘elegiac indie gloom’, you’ve had a melodramatic, melancholy single about mass reactions to death on the cards for a while. So here it is. Recorded with Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios, and with graveyard artwork by Christoff Spurr, ‘Good Grief’ does everything just described above with an almighty wry smile. That’s what pop music is for, no?
The single follows on from previous chirpy chart smashes ‘Day of Bees’ and ‘Clutter’, with their airplay on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing secured and comparisons to The Smiths and Wild Beasts from the thronging media. Vlks haven’t played live since the Fly Awards show in February, and there are no plans to play at the moment in case you’re asking.
Thanks for coming out in force amidst non-stop rain and forever-stopped underground trains last night. Appreciate it loads. The new songs we played were ‘Good Grief’, ‘The Sweep’ and ‘Dogs’. We’ll sling them out soon, right? SOON.
Stay tuned for more news. Enjoy the rest of The Fly awards. And avoid the tube.
ALERT! IF ANYONE HAS ANY PHOTOS FROM LAST NIGHT, PLEASE E-MAIL THEM TO firstname.lastname@example.org
Vlks will be playing at the London Jazz Cafe on Tuesday 4th February, supporting the fast rising Fear of Men in one of five shows to promote The Fly magazine’s 2014’s Fly Awards , in association with XFM and War Child. The other shows are taking place in the same week and include Foals, Emmy The Great, Swim Deep and Waylayers.
Tickets are £7.50 and come from HERE
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.