Bands to Watch #78: Thee Vicars

By on Monday, 2nd February 2009 at 4:06 pm

Thee Vicars (side)Thee Vicars are a super-cool quartet from Bury St Edmonds who look back lovingly to garage of the 60s when creating their raw and freakbeat sounds. While attending the gig of a run of the mill indie band, Thee Vicars decided they were “sick of everyone sounding the same”. From there onwards, the band set out upon a mission to bring bona fide rock and roll to the masses.

Thee Vicars state Billy Childish, early Stones and The Mummies as just some of their influences. They can sound like everyone from The Sonics to the more harmonious Beach Boys – all the while maintaining an excitingly authentic sound that’s completely different to everything out there right now. If I had to, rather unwillingly, draw parallels between Thee Vicars and a contemporary band however, I’d probably point you in the direction of The Horrors. If you liked ‘Strange House’, check out this similarly dark band.

The groovy retro riffs of tracks such as ‘You Lie’, or ‘Out of My Mind’ combined with the punky fuzz of tunes such as ‘Back on the Street’ and ‘Why Have You Changed’, have certainly gained these reverends an unsurprising trendy cult following. They are proving a hit at vintage underground clubs around the capital and are signed to nostalgia loving Dirty Water Records. They’ve played with everyone from the Buzzcocks to Ipso Facto and you can catch their energetic selves throughout February in London before they embark on a tour of Europe March-onwards.

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