Various Cruelties Announce details of new single and UK festival dates

Various Cruelties Announce details of new single and UK festival dates

Various Cruelties have announced details of the release of a new single. Chemicals, taken from their self-titled debut album, will be released on Monday July 30th 2012.

It also features a cover of Ian Brown’s F.E.A.R. which has become a live favourite in recent Various Cruelties sets.

The single was recorded as part of the album sessions with Tony Hoffer (Beck, Goldfrapp, Foster the People) and follows the release of previous singles Neon Truth and Great Unknown, which they performed on Later with Jools Holland alongside Lou Reed & Metallica, Steve Earle and Aaron Neville.

Having recently played a couple of U.K. headline tour which culminated in sold-out shows at London’s 100 Club, the Cockpit in Leeds and a 2nd London gig at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Various Cruelties have announced details of a run of festivals across the summer
Their full list of current dates is as follows:

7th Jul        Over, Gloucestershire        Barn on the Farm Festival

8th Jul        Merton Farm, Canterbury    Lounge on the Farm Festival

20th Jul        Sheffield                Tramlines Festival

29th Jul        Kendal                    Kendal Calling Festival

3rd Aug        Matlock                    Y-Not Festival       

‘Chemicals’ official video

Various Cruelties is the musical alias of the prodigiously talented Liam O’Donnell – a teenage Strokes fan with a sweetly soulful voice and a head full of classic soul standards, equally in thrall to the ‘New York cool’ of Richard Hell, Percy Sledge and Orange Juice.


Born in London to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, and a distant relative of Oscar Wilde, O’Donnell moved to Leeds at an early age where he spent his teenage years following the well-trodden ‘indie’ path – summer bank holidays at the Leeds Festival and a record collection full of Verve and Stone Roses albums. Yet an early taste for the soul-classics made him realise musically there existed a world beyond.


Moving to London, it proved a struggle to escape the the ‘singer-songwriter’ tag.  A booking at a Communion night in Brighton proved to be a turning point – realising he had no desire to tread the well-worn ‘troubadour’ path and inspired by recently supporting the Villagers, Liam decided to do what he wanted; ditch performing under his own name and, inspired by an Ed Ruscha exhibition, start working under the Various Cruelties tag.

Fusing classic British guitar pop with Motown and Stax grooves..the missing link between the Arctic Monkeys and the golden age of doo-wop – The Guardian

The world is theirs for the seducing – Evening Standard

A talent for ska-inflected, hook-filled rock – Sunday Times ‘Hottest Download’

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