Today’s BOOM! Track of the Day is the mighty, blasting rock classic ‘Lead Us Home’ from Leeds band Vexxes.
Taken from their debut EP ‘Common Ground’, it comes with an exceptionally professional and harrowing video. And while the prospect of the band playing Reading and Leeds Festival later this year is a daunting one, it also seems like a very exciting time to be Vexxes right now.
GIGsoup spoke with the band about the northern rock scene and the interesting future that lies in store for the band.
In twelve words or less, can you describe who Vexxes are?
Vexxes – Northern alt-rockers who like huge, catchy riffs and hooks!
How did Vexxes come together? Can you give us a little history about you and your musical influences?
We’d all been in projects that had, for whatever reason, ran their course so when we met and spoke about what we wanted to achieve with a new band we were all on the same page. No half-arsed attempts, a great live show, and big sound.
Individually we all draw off different influences, but collectively bands like Fightstar, Hands Like Houses, Arcane Roots, Don Broco, Mallory Knox all combine those heavier riffs and catchy melodies/hooks. That’s what we want to create with Vexxes.
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There have been a lot of talented rock bands on the rise in Leeds at the moment. How does it feel to be a part of such an incredible music scene?
It’s amazing. There’s a real buzz in Leeds at the moment when it comes to live music. There’s so much variety as well, as a punter you’re really spoilt for choice. Seeing the growth of a festival like Slam Dunk, which has its roots in Leeds, it makes you realise that the cliche “live music is dead” doesn’t actually apply, at least not in our scene.
You’ve just released your debut EP ‘Common Ground’, how well has that gone down?
We’ve had an incredible response from everyone – even people outside the UK, which is crazy! The tracks are being received fantastically live as well which is what we set out to achieve with this release more than anything.
More excitingly, the news that you’ve been shortlisted by FutureSound Events, so you could potentially be playing at Reading/Leeds Fest! We wish you the best of luck with that by the way. How does this make you feel?
Thanks so much! It’s such a prestigious competition in Leeds that it’s great to be shortlisted. When you see the list of bands that have taken part and where some of them are now you realise what a great platform it can be.
As a band, is it important for you to set goals for yourselves, or do you concentrate more on where the music takes you?
We’ve actually been very goal orientated from the start, and every time we hit a milestone we look to the next one. We want to look back on 2016 at the end of the year having achieved all we could in 12 months – and it’s definitely going to be busy for the rest of year!
Can you tell us what the rest of the year has in store for Vexxes?
We’ve just finished our second UK tour so we’ll be back writing new tracks around Futuresound. We’ve got some great gigs in the works toward the end of the year so look out for them, and might be releasing another video before the year is out as well.
This Vexxes article was written by Evie Myers, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.