When Vita Ross arrived in London with a law degree stuffed in her back pocket, it wasn’t thoughts of pursuing justice at the Old Bailey that was preoccupying her mind. As far as flame-haired Vita was concerned, there was a whole world that needed to succumb to her musical inclinations and despite leaving Newcastle to further her career, there was never any doubt that a band was required rather than a barrister’s gown and wig.
As with most bands, the first incarnation of Vita and the Vicious proved a false start and just as it was petering out, losing members to the daily grind of full-time employment, a new drummer joined in the shape of Essex music scene regular Jamie Moore. This was at the end of 2013 and was the kick-start Vita was looking for as within months the current line-up had come together and acquiring studio time along with gigging became a priority.
Of course, the band had to match Vita’s desire and, as she explains, there was a big appetite to succeed. “We can’t lie, we’ve always had big ambitions,” said Vita, “We really want to have a long and successful recording career and we’re prepared to work our butts off to make it happen.”
It doesn’t end there though as perfecting their live performance ranks highly in their eyes. “We’re a proper show, and we believe we’re in the great tradition of performance bands like Pulp, Depeche Mode or Queen, who really know how to entertain the audience as well as delivering the goods musically and song wise.”
“We love gigging,” enthuses Vita, “It’s the most fun part of being in our band. Until you’ve seen us live you won’t completely understand our energy and ethos.” Naturally though, committing their tunes to record was the next big step and Bender EP is the proof that the raw sound of their live show would transfer to the recording studio.
One of the main components of making sure that the life energy was captured was producer Tom Wilcox. “He took it even further by introducing feedback and filthy guitars, to the delight of Maff and Andy,” explained Vita, “and those gorgeously spooky synth hooks that Florence has really developed through all our songs now.”
“In fact, Tom refers to our sound as ‘Post Synthetic’, and that genre is equally applicable to Lisa Ronson’s forthcoming album too”. So are we on the brink of a new movement with Vita and the Vicious, Goldbirds and Lisa Ronson leading the charge? It doesn’t take much persuasion from Vita as she enthuses about the “real instruments, raw power and a judicious use of synth.”
Bender EP itself is powered on by its title track that tackles the search for oblivion as a coping strategy and with it’s scuzzy guitars and a chorus that will easily become your next earworm, it seems that Vita and the Vicious are on the precipice of great times ahead. With further gigs scheduled, including a big show at The Borderline in London and the prospect of new material being recorded later this year, it seems that what was the loss of London’s law chambers will be to the benefit of those that like their music loud and proud.
The ‘Bender EP’ is out now on Make My Day Music. The track-listing is as follows…