ARC011: The Violets - Descend / Carnival
‘Descend’ is a 99 second act of possessed euphoria that fuses sharply angled pop, Lene Lovich harpy-esque vocals, and a furious rockabilly outro. Not to mention an impressive chorus made up of one chord, no singing, and a guitar being thrown on the floor! ‘Carnival’ is reminiscent of The Violets live show; Tuneful guitar lines and a feedback-wracked punk blitzkrieg. Horrible noises sound melodic, and melodies which induce shivers in the spine.
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The band formed when guitarist Joe met vocalist Alexis in a tea room in Pinner, a suburb in North West London, and the pair discovered a shared affinity with emotive, brash and confrontational music. The pair soon wrote a song 'Laxteen', which was recorded in a studio owned by Scott Rosenthal in New York. Scott also played drums on the track. Upon returning to London Andrew Moran was recruited as drummer and the trio played their debut at Brixton Windmill.
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