Bristol grunge quartet No Violet have spent the last few years stomping their way around the city’s bustling music scene, unleashing their furious take on guitar music through a run of massive singles.
Last week saw the release of equally massive debut EP Faces, a gorgeously fuzz-fuelled escapade into the mire of late eighties grunge that successfully confirms inklings suggested by previous releases that No Violet mean business.
In this scrappy four-track sonic declaration, the band successfully stake their claim as the next act to put Bristol firmly on the map as a city that churns out some of the best bands in the UK.
Released through Leisure Records, the EP has already grabbed the attention of some pretty serious heavyweights, continuing their reign as the darlings of BBC Introducing, DIY magazine and Metro, to name a few.
By all accounts, No Violet are a band on the verge of making a serious impact on UK guitar music.
Tonight (Wednesday), they play The Victoria in London as part of a string of shows the band are doing across the South of England to celebrate Faces’ release.
Ahead of the show, we had a little chat with the band to see what goes on behind the scenes of No Violet, and what makes Ellie, Rhys, Pete and Kerry tick.
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Men in Black – Will Smith or All the Things She Said – t.A.T.u.
What’s the first gig you went to?
Foo Fighters/Queens of the Stoneage, Atomic Kitten, Glasto.
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
A cat keyboard that only made ‘meow’ noises. Another keyboard with pre-recorded anthems such as Elton John – Crocodile Rock.
What is your worst musical habit?
Playing records on repeat until we never want to hear them again.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
Always be genuine when you perform.
Where do you discover new music?
Festivals, local gigs, and friends’ recommendations. We’re lucky enough to have some talented musical pals, and the Bristol music scene is buzzing.
What’s your favourite venue?
The Thekla Boat in Bristol. We’ve had some amazing gigs there and we’re there again headlining the Cargo stage on the 21st of July for Harbourside Festival!
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
Currently we’re loving; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Kamasi Washington, Mannequin Pussy, and Raketkanon.
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
Long walks in the countryside, candle lit dinners and sexual frustration.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
Our latest single – Be My Friend. This is a single from our new EP that we recorded with Benjamin Johnson. He has managed to capture our sound so well and we can’t wait to show you!
What’s next for you?
We’ve just released our debut EP Faces with Leisure Records on a seafoam green transparent vinyl. It’s available now and we’re going to play a run of shows to celebrate!