Dirty Water releases:
Watch and listen:
Mike Whittaker: Bass
Jasper Kemp/Will Pattenden/Alex DeRenzi: Drums
Marcus Volkert/Reuben Kemp/Chris Langeland: Guitar
Thee Vicars formed for exactly the right reason: they were sick to death the typical, boring, run-of-the-mill indie bands around their area playing the same kind of music as everyone else.
They believed that life was too short for boring music. They had self-belief and faith in what they did. They want to stomp on all the evil music they hear week in, week out in their small little town.
They said they were “ready to, if it comes to it, to kick kung fu style all the shit bands into orbit! They would set the bullshit bands’ hair straighteners on fire. . .make them melt, and their hair go curly! Make them go out and buy a belt for their jeans! So they sit at the right height! Not with their arses hanging out! So kids, do you wanna be the problem? Or do you wanna be the solution?”
They went on stage in their home town of Bury St Edmunds to Beatlemania type screams from local teenage girls. Their manic energy was palpable, they hit you with a jolt, almost like receiving an electric shock. But then one would hope that would be the case if you were still aged aged just 17 and playing raw rock’n’roll that is shot through with a punk and garage band aesthetic, whilst visually resembling The Jam in 1978 (but a whole lot better looking).