My Vitriol - The British Nirvana? Founded by Som wardner, first inspired to pick up a guitar after hearing the music of My Bloody Valentine and Nirvana, My Vitriol have just released their debut album Finelines - and its brilliant. Ravi and Som first met being next door neighbours in their halls of residence at college. A friend theirs who was studying to be a studio engineer offered to record them a demo as a project. After two days of not sleeping and getting every available free studio slot the college had, five tracks were committed to tape, Ravi playing drums and Som playing the rest of the instruments. This was put together as the 'Delusions of Grandeur' EP under the name of MY ViTRiOL . About 250 CDRs were pressed. The title of the EP was a sarcastic observation of a common situation amongst unsigned bands. Only about 30 of the CDs actually functioned properly due to technical reasons, but one of these were handed to Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq at a gig. Within days Lamacq had broadcast a track on the Session Unsigned slot. In the months to come tracks from the demo appeared on compilations by Org Records and Abuse Records. Even at this early stage, the band had good press and received radio play on various stations in the UK, Europe and Asia through these compilations. This resulted in great A&R interest, but the band had to concentrate on their studies, despite this distraction. Once exams were finished, the mission was to complete the line up. A seemingly difficult task was resolved when guitarist Seth Taylor was discovered when the band went to see their friends Muy Feo support the influential psychedelic-metal band Mint 400 at their farewell show. Multi-instrumentalist Carolyn Bannister was discovered playing bass at a gig. Carolyn who was also studying at the same college, had been in many bands previously, including brief liaisons with Donna from Elastica. MVs debut double A-side single Alw
ays: Your Way/ Pieces was released by Org Records on the 6th of December. It received a lot of aiplay and made playlists for Radio One and X-fm, -the first unsigned band to achieve this on the latter. The single was also well received by the music press, gaining Single of the Month and Single of the Week in various publications (including Kerrang, Front, The Fly, Rocksound). The last week of 1999, the band signed a deal with Infectious/ Mushroom, home to other acts such as Ash and Garbage, only 7 gigs into their career. Their 10th gig was at NME Premier shows held at the London Astoria. MV have been tipped as an act to watch in 2000 and recommended by The Times, Evening Standard, Guardian, Kerrang, NME, Music Week, Flipside, Rocksound, and Melody Maker. The band recorded a Lamacq session for BBC Radio One which was broadcast as the first session of the millenium. Two live acoustic sessions for X-fm which have been aired many times. Early 2000 holds a great deal of touring for MV, including the summer festivals Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading. Their first single for Infectious Records, LosingTouch was released on the 17th of April, and received specialist and unexpected daytime radio plays. The second single Cemented Shoes released 10th July was placed on playlists by both Radio One and XFm and charted at 65. The third single Pieces charted at 56. The band had their first top40 with their fourth single Always: You Way, charting at number 31. The debut album Finelines was released on the 5th of March, and charted at no. 24. The fifth release will be Grounded. Finelines has sold over 50,000 records worldwide since release just over a month ago. The band plan to appear at many festivals around Europe and Japan this summer (2001).
This band are suberb, with a debut album due to be released shortly, they've been out on the road to promote their latest single 'Always your way' which was released on 12/02/01. Hitting the stage in a barrage of squaling guitars and stomping bass lines, Som, Caroline & co launch themselves into a fourty minute onslaught on your senses! After first seeing them about 2 years ago, when they were supporting Cay, the raw, untried band I witnessed then have now matured into a very hard act to follow indeed. Frontman Som reminds me a lot of Kurt Cobain, he's shy of the attention he gets, indeed during the breaks in songs were he doesn't sing, he turns his back on the crowd! Caroline, the bass player, certainly proves that girls can rock with the best of them! So if you like noisy guitars, songs you can bounce up and down to, or even a bit of crowd surfing! Check them out when they're down your way next. For up to date gig information and release details, check out their website at www.myvitriol.com
My Vitriol are one of those bands that have been given the “indie” tag. It’s so unfair and like Suede, The Manics and numerous others before them their debut stinks of a certain ambition that defies any accusations of that indie mentality. From the opening bars of “Alpha Waves” with its dub bass-line, ambient guitar lines and trance like spirit it just has masterpiece written all over it. It’s the first of four instrumental interludes that nod to Massive Attack (“Kohlstream”), hardcore rock (“Critic Orientated Rock”) and Pink Floyd (“Taprobane”). Although Nirvana are a huge influence it avoids the clichéd power-chords that long forgotten acts like Radish used to plagiarise with such relish. In fact you could say that Nirvana are there in spirit alone, as musically they’re far more open minded that Kurt and co ever were. While sticking closely to the quiet verse / loud chorus approach to song-writing texturally it’s a stroke of genius. Guitar work courtesy of Som and Seth are combined to such dexterity not seen since Johnny Marr on “The Queen Is Dead”. With 16 tracks for your delectation it’s something of a relief to know that the weakest track is former single “Pieces”. It’s an album that effortlessly blends together rather than a collection of singles along with a few fillers. Those who have seen the band live will already know the likes of “Grounded” and “Tongue Tied” but your favourite track will literally change on a daily basis depending on your state of mind. Those who had the band written off will be eating their words when this hits the street. As a debut album it stands head and shoulders above the rest and even manages to knock the wind from most major bands recent albums. It’s always said that the 3rd album is the real test; if this is any indication then they’ll take it i
n their stride. Alex McCann
If you havent heard of My Vitriol by the end of 2001 you either live in a cave or I will go and live in one if proved wrong! Already with a whole host of live and festival performances under their belts they are destined for rock stardom. Fronted by Som Wardner and backed by the foxy bassist Carolyn who easily rivals Hilary of JJ72 they not only have the looks and the image but are the pick of the bunch of any up and coming band.The other two members to make up this fantastic new 4 piece are Seth on guitas and Ravi on drums. "Cemented Shoes" is a storming blur of guitars and Soms screeching vocals. This particular song made the bands foundations to build on with recognition from Radio 1, Steve Lamaq and Melody Maker. "Pieces" was the other song to be released by My vitriol and again made impressive boosts to the bands reputation whilst receiving a lot of airplay.The next single is "Always Your way" which is a ot like "Cemented Shoes" so if you like what you hear be sure to get with the latest grunge/rock crossover that being My vitriol. With many of their early demos hard to get hold off your best way too get a a preview of the band is too see them live or wait for their new album called "Finelines" which is being released on March 5th.
Exhilerating and exciting! Before Sunday had never even heard of them let alone seen them till we went to Radio One's big sunday roadshow in Stewart Park Middlesbrough- and a great day was had by all! Even the weather was half decent. There were the usual girl groups etc like Nu Generation and then My Vitriol poured onto the stage. WOW! Did everyone wake up and take notice! They weren't just live they were alive! and definitely weren't miming- unlike everyone else. The rest of them could have gone home for me and just let us listen to some stupendous music instead of stupid miming from Billie and Victoria Beckham. Really Victoria was it really necessary to come all that way for one 3 minute spot- surely the day would have been better spent with hubby and baby! Then we could have let some real musicians let rip.
Their third single, and the second on the Infectious label, impresses you before you even listen to it. Beautiful packaging and artwork really do it justice. My Vitriol have been getting a lot of attention recently. This single is being regularly played on MTV2, and they also recently appeared on Lamaq Live on Radio One, playing a live set from the Maida Vale studios. They have been compared to Nirvana quite a lot, but I think this single sounds more live the Foo Fighters. Starting quietly, then exploding into a punky overdriven guitar sound, this is one of those songs that makes you want to jump around and go mental. An exciting record, that bubbles and boils over with energy. The b-sides are excellent too. The first is a cover of song by Greg Sage called "Wait a Minute" which again is loud and punky. The third track, "All of Me", is a slower, more delicate affair, which shows off Som's fantastic voice and his song writing abilities. You should still be able to get this if you look around hard enough. At the time of writing it was still no 7 in the indie charts and if you can't find it in the shops try mail order places such as Action records - http://www.action-records.co.uk Map Records - http://www.maprecords.co.uk Sister Ray - http://www.sisterray.co.uk Track Attack - http://www.trackattack.co.uk You may also be able to find the first single for Infectious, "Losing Touch" but their very first single "Always Your Way" was a 1000 copy limited edition and has now sold out.
Fronted by Som Wijay-Wordner, My Vitriol is one of the hottest, and most talked about, bands of the new Millennium. The band originally formed when two of the band members had neighbouring rooms in a hall of residence at University College London. Things really took off for them when they managed to get a copy of their demo CD to Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq. By the end of 1999, after only seven gigs, they'd signed a record deal with Infectious Records - the label home to bands such as Ash and Garbage! In the year 2000, they appeared at the three major UK Summer festivals - Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading. Not bad given they only left University in June 1999! Following Daphne and Celeste at Reading must surely have been their easiest gig to date - the audience must have been glad to be presented with a decent band! The band's name doesn't come from the obvious interpretation of meaning 'my anger', but in fact is a reference to the Graham Greene novel 'Brighton Rock', in which a young boy named Pinkie carries a bottle of vitriol with the intention of throwing it in the face of anyone threatening him. Pinkie's vitriol provided him with security, and was a symbol of his spite and paranoia, and his craving of power. The band's music takes powerful rock with strong lyrics and adds a dash of electronic experimentalism for good measure. The result is surprisingly well constructed and instantly memorable songs. Their first three singles ('Always', 'Losing Touch' and 'Cemented Shoes') proved irritatingly difficult to find on shop shelves. Their fourth single - 'Pieces' - was released at the end of October 2000, and is a great slow riff-filled guitar piece. More importantly though, the single can be found in high street record stores - a great improvement on their last three releases! In February 2001, their fifth single 'Always: Your Way' was release
d, and again widely available in record stores across the country. It's a far more substantial upbeat rock song, and got decent airplay on the radio, and on MTV. The band even got to perform the song on 'Top of the Pops'. On 5th March 2001, the band's first album 'Finelines' was released, collecting together the band's five singles, in an impressively cohesive album of 16 tracks. The album is currently available in a limited special edition, including an enhanced element featuring the band's videos for 'Pieces' and 'Always: Your Way', as well as photographs of the band's live performances. Live performances by the band are particularly good, and frequently get good reviews from the music press. If you get the chance, catch the band soon, they're definitely worth tracking down! They've previously toured with Mansun and VAST, and even had their own UK tour... things are definitely looking up for them! Their official website can be found at http://myvitriol.co.uk
Losing touch is a great great EP. Three selections of the finest pop/punk crossover you'll ever hear. Im not sure when their album will be coming out but Im convinced that it'll be great. Live, theyre at their most exciting and the few times I have seen them, they have shown themselves to be amongst the best acts around. Its good to see that bands such as this are coming into the mainstream a little quicker than they have been doing over the last few years.
I have now seen My Vitriol 4 times in just a few months. The band are amazing. I'd heard their first song on the Radio One Rock Show and I then went to see them supporting Cay. The gig was amazing, I was totally blown away by them. The music is fast rocky and melodic, simply brilliant. I saw them standing at the bar later on and started talking to them, and managed to get a signed photo from them, in exchange for their manager/roadie drawing a beard on Brian Molko on my Placebo t-shirt. I've since seen them supporting the Crockets, Seafood, and most recently at Glastonbury. This band really do have the talent and the songs to go far. Please go out and get their new single Cemented Shoes which is out really soon.
Last night, My Vitriol at the Louisianna in Bristol seriously blew the big bands outa the water. Having no ticket, getting there late allowed me to speak to Som the singer-guitarist who somehow got us in for free, that was just the start of an amazing evening. Ok so the set didn't differ much from the one played at Glastonbury last month but the intimate atmosphere made such a difference. So maybe the female bassist ( which everyone knows is the essensial part of every good rock band- no matter whether they're good or not) did play basic base notes and there were riffs that reoccured throughout the rest of the songs but no matter, the nonchalent attitude of the entire band and the fantastic drummer who hit the right spot just made it. Loosing Touch, the song that takes it's name from the album was so much better than I'd ever heard before that I was convinced that I must buy the album. There, convinced, a great rock band whose live sets are the best advert for their album, an interesting new style that's near enough original and downright catchy. See them at small clubs on their national tour this month...Fantastic