(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #263: The Virginmarys

By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 12:00 pm

The “return of the Great British guitar band” is the most overused cliché in music journalism. But when describing The Virginmarys, this appears the best way to describe them is as, well, a throwback to the Great British guitar bands of yonder year. I’m talking The Who, Oasis, etc.

The Macclesfield band’s debut album ‘King of Conflict’, available now from DoubleCross Records (Cooking Vinyl’s new rock imprint), is as raw as a Tesco horse/beef burger and comes at you through your speakers as a wall of hook-laden sound that is just impossible to ignore. It’s proper head banging stuff and the exact kind of stuff you can just imagine thousands of people going mental too and jumping their willies off at a festival too.

The likenings to Oasis and The Who aren’t complete without a reference to their passing similarities to Northern heroes Arctic Monkeys. While the lyrical genius of Alex Turner isn’t there, what you will get with these boys is some of the best balls-out rock ‘n’ roll you’ll sink your teeth into this year. You’ll notice them smelling slightly of The Gaslight Anthem at times with that brand of fist pump-friendly tunage, minus the southern drawl and Boss mentions of course.

They’ve already headlined one of the HMV’s Next Big Thing festival gigs in 2012, so it’s safe to expect that these boys will be a staple of BBC Introducing stages around this year’s festival circuit. And while I personally haven’t heard them live, if they can translate one-tenth of how good they sound on record, then they are definitely a band not to be missed.

The Virginmarys bring their brand of rock to this year’s SXSW; We previewed them in the rock / metal / punk UK bands chapter of the TGTF Guide to SXSW 2013. Grab a free mp3 of ‘Dressed to Kill’ from ‘King of Conflict’, recorded acoustically, here from Rolling Stone.


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2:45 pm
14th February 2013

RT @tgtf: John extols the virtues of (@SXSW #SXSW13 2013 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #263 The Virginmarys @thevirginmarys: http://t.co/1c

2:58 pm
14th February 2013

RT @tgtf: John extols the virtues of (@SXSW #SXSW13 2013 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #263 The Virginmarys @thevirginmarys: http://t.co/1c

7:06 pm
17th February 2013

Love these guys! I just downloaded the free EP they have on their website and it’s awesome!!!

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