Guardian ‘Band Of The Week’
Live in London at The Social
Having recently played their first ever UK shows at London Fields Brewery (Mirrors festival) and The Lexington (Ja Ja Ja night), the Danish guitar pop
outfit Virgin Suicide are making another trip to London. The band will play at The Social in W1 on 1st November alongside Thee MPVs and Slowes.
Entry is free. Further information can be found here :
Virgin Suicide released their eponymous debut album in the UK in April.
Produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes, it received rave reviews for its mixture of bright Scouse jangle and Mancunian baggy, with The Guardian
describing it as “keening 1960’s pop with some of the kick of 80’s indie”
in a ‘Band Of The Week’ feature : http://bit.ly/2eJhi0g
Two UK singles, ‘Virgin Suicide’ and ‘Marble Sky’, have received a number of spins on 6 Music and BBC London. Videos for both can be seen here :
‘Virgin Suicide’ http://bit.ly/1BzF8Ch
‘Marble Sky’ http://bit.ly/2eB6bso
Album links :
Following a series of support slots to acts including The Walkmen and The Charlatans, the Danish quintet Virgin Suicide now present a glorious
eponymous debut album that is covered in retro-pop sparkles. Co-produced and mixed by Sune Rose Wagner, it shows off the talent of singer and songwriter
Martin Grønne, a man who knows how to compose an easy-swinging melody.
Equally inspired by 80’s UK jangle-pop and pop music from the early 60’s, he manoeuvres his way through the genres with ease while in the process creating
songs that manage to sound box-fresh. Conjuring a feeling of carefree abandon, this special album is at once a dream-pop must-have for indie kids and a fresh new take on familiar soundscapes for a slightly older generation.
The members of Virgin Suicide met in 7th grade in the small town of Silkeborg in western Denmark and played in different bands together at school before
eventually relocating to Copenhagen and starting Virgin Suicide in 2012.
When asked to list their key influences, they state: “we have a lot of love for British pop music and 80’s new wave, but also 60’s/70’s rock and 90’s pop. Artists like David Bowie, The Smiths, Suede, R.E.M, Roxy Music, Duran Duran, Dusty Springfield and The Jesus and Mary Chain have had a huge impact.”
Deciding to make an album in 2015, they realised they would need a producer and mixer with an understanding of their outsiders take on the UK, and who could
avoid turning their songs into mere pastiche while also adding an extra twist.
They contacted their L.A. based countryman Sune Rose Wagner and, with him as co-producer and mixer and Denmark based producer Lars Vognstrup also on board, they recorded the album in Copenhagen and mixed it in L.A.
On an album of many highlights, ‘Sedate Me’, ‘My Girl’, ‘The Thrill’ and the closing brace comprising the title track and ‘Marble Sky’ are perhaps the best
songs on a record that the band describe as “the world through the character of a young man on his inevitable quest of losing his innocence. The album aims to
reflect on our lust for love, sex, party, family, death and all the emotional contrasts you go through while finding your identity.”
Virgin Suicide have swiftly become darlings on Denmark’s biggest radio stations and in the country’s key print titles. Now it is time for the rest of Europe to sit up and take notice.