The Virginmarys is a three piece rock band from Macclesfield, England. Their next album is set to be released in April but they are kicking things off with a North America tour this March. For this route the band will be coupled with hard rock quartet, Shinedown to Portland, Seattle, Reno, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs and various other locations. Their newest single ‘Into Dust’ is only a taste of whats to come. A tumultuous track with generous punk waves and sharp vocals that will incite inner rage conduct, pretty much to anyone immediately exposed their sound. Check out their black and white lyric music video, featuring a very displease young girl yelling out the song. If she doesn’t make you want to take to the street and create public alarm. I don’t know what will?
What are some of your major musical influences?
That’s a difficult one, all three members do different genres. We have influences of Rage Against the Machine and hip hop from The Roots. Our music genre is really intense rock and roll influences of punk and grunge. If you take the sound the three of us create, it can sound something like influences from AC/DC, Clash and Björk.
What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Ali and Danny were a different band many moons ago and we signed an independent label and there was a British pub they used to go there as well as a strip club that was called VirginMarys – weird thing to call a strip club we thought. We thought it would be a crazy name to call a band. I like the connotation to VirginMarys in the plural, the band isn’t particularly religious. It’s double sided. It can’t be a second or third virgin mary, the name has a feel that can’t be correct English with the whole sound of it. Like the Grateful Dead, The Doors – has a psychedelic sound to it. It’s almost misleading as well.
What kind of reaction to do you get to the style of your music?
You experience an element of surprise. Some might be expecting an all-girl group or band with the name, but you don’t get what you expect.
What are the newest happenings in the making?
Our Kings of Conflict album came out in 2013. Our new album won’t come out until the next few months, we’ve been doing non-stop touring.
What inspires you to generate your music?
The world around you and what goes on inside tends to be a lot of urgency, frustration and anger but also hope and love. A lot of depression on equality that is across the board but sending you a message of love. Love getting around and seeing people that share the same energy. It’s like a big ball of energy, like being contained and you need to just lift the lid on it. You let the music do the talking. There’s so much energy in the room bouncing back from the crowd.
What atmosphere do you try to create?
We create a sense of urgency. There’s a general feeling that something’s not right, just kind of sick of the staying in and everything on the TV and media. There is a general depression going away from the natural course and taking it back to basics. It feels like there are a lot of people at the bottom being taken advantage of and corrupted and we’re about voicing that equality.
What feelings are you trying to evoke with your album?
In Rock and Roll music, you start to question it and why the punk music in the 70’s shaped it up. It doesn’t feel like there’s much heart and truth in it, it feels robotic sometimes.
I think what the album is about is how shitty everything has got in the last 10 years and it’s getting worse it seems. There have been massive bombings, terrorism and fear being driven down people’s throats and bands not talking about it and we’re trying to fly the flag for that.
There’s a lot of people who share the same mind and it’s about getting the gang together when you get together –it’s just incredible to them and so many people.
How did you raise awareness about your band and promote branding for it?
We went on the road and spent a lot of time in the back of a van nonstop for 3 years. We toured around the United Kingdom, Scotland, and Wales and was able to get our name about and made. We signed on with an independent label, Cooking Vinyl. We got the opportunity to go to America and play some shows.
What are some of your biggest challenges faced together?
It’s quite a tough thing to get out on the road constantly and initially to play to few people and survive off nothing, you eat what you can – that’s challenging. You don’t stop because you love the music. You’re bound to meet a lot of people who talk a good talk and people who want to screw you over. But being a band becomes a family, it’s kind of you against the world.
What’s your newest album going to be like?
Creatively, this album is a lot different than our “Kings of Conflict” album. The sounds we’re creating are now more refined, has a harder and more direct sound moving as a band to the next stage. We’re open minded in incorporating what feels right and sticking with it.
After doing Kings of Conflict album, we made a conscious effort because we want something different. We’re probably doing double the amount of lyrical content.
Do you have any interesting stories?
It was a really amazing moment was when we first started touring before signing to a label and was able to play with Slash – we got to support him on 3 shows and on the final show. To get recognition from Slash and to have grown up listening to him – his stuff is amazing and he’s one of the biggest guitar players in the world – is iconic. Seeing him on posters as a kid and seeing him come on stage and wearing our bands name t-shirt was very surreal.
Words By: Amanda “Violet” Ravotti