VICTORIES AT SEA
Watch ‘Bloom’ below
Emerging from the concrete paradise of Birmingham, Victories at Sea fuse a vivacious combination of brutalist electronic hooks, soaring post-punk guitars and dolorous wordplay. After recently being championed by the likes of the NME, The Guardian, Clash Magazine and XFM’s John Kennedy, now the band have released their debut album, ‘Everything Forever’ via Static Caravan Recordings.
Written over the last two years at an abandoned steel works in Digbeth, and recorded in the damp basement of an old whistle factory in the depths of the city’s industrial Northern quarter, embracing the darker sounds and subjects was inevitable. But with lyrics that often touch on matters of love, loss, and loneliness, this is a record born from a cathartic affection of hope and escapism. it is also a thrillingly taut and danceable journey, the band have toured their disco-noir extensively in the UK and Europe, earning the respect of their fans and contemporaries alike. Their debut EP ‘In Memory Of’ gained the band the attention it deserved, particularly via 6music, and in turn built the perfect foundation for the anticipated album to follow.
They’ve influences that range from Mogwai to Factory Floor, Slowdive, through to The Chameleons, but Victories at Sea are far more than just the sum of their parts, with original, exciting songwriting that never loses its pop sensibilities.
Stand out pop tracks such as ‘Bloom’, ‘Up’ and ‘Poles Apart’ showcase the band at their most danceable, with big chorus hooks and machine beats that, timelessly devour yet, are impossible to forget. As the album builds ten tracks towards it’s crescendo ‘Sirens’ and ‘Future Gold’ both see Victories at Sea explore more intricate musicianship and atmospheric soundscapes that build through layers of impressive electronics and heavily effected guitars, intent to sonically enthral and make you dance in equal measure this is a record with true multiplicity, depth and heart.
‘Everything Forever’ is out via Static Caravan Recordings, and having already secured themselves a placement as one of this years “ones-to-watch” by supporting Editors on tour in October, Victories at Seaare looking to the future, one that far surpasses that of their humble industrial roots.
“Birmingham has another band to be proud of”
“Dolorous indie disco with a fresh spin, the band have supported Editors and Savages and you can imagine them making the headliners sweat”
“Soon enough they’ll be sweeping the rest of the UK up in a tidal wave”
Clash Music Track of the Day
“A band equally at home fusing post-rock orchestrations or off kilter electronic elements with effects-laden guitars. A masterful work”
Drowned In Sound
“One of the finest debuts of the year”
“A cinematic soundscape of intense proportions”
The Line Of Best Fit