Album Stream and Interview: The Virginmarys, "King of Conflict'
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:57:07
ARTISTdirect.com has teamed with Manchester-based trio The Virginmarys to stream their new album King of Conflict.
So consider this your engraved invitation to a listening party for a hotter-than-a-furnace new band! New music first, always at ARTISTdirect.com.
Pull up a chair, turn up your speakers, crack open a cold beverage and enjoy the rowdy, rock 'n' roll, balls-pressed-firmly-to-the-wall bluster of The Virginmarys. Our fave, "recommended" tracks?
We loved "Dead Man's Shoes," "A Portrait of Red" and "Bang, Bang, Bang," which are all powered by some serious guitar tension and righteous riffery.
But go ahead, listen to them all and decide for yourself which is best.
Like what you hear? Then grab the record from iTunes.
See our Q&A with singer Ally Dickaty below!
Did you approach King of Conflict with one vision or vibe in mind for the entire record?
Yeah, we worked on it for a while. We toured around for a while and reached a few EPs. We were really conscious to make the debut album as strong as we could. We planned a lot around it. We wanted to make the tracklisting itself strong.
What's the story behind "Lost Weekend"?
I wrote that acoustically after I had this bad weekend hanging out with a girl. It was really kind of written in my own blood [Laughs]. I was at the end of my rope, so to speak. At least I got the song out of it. It's one of the hookiest tunes on the record.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the lyrics?
I take a lot of time with the lyrics, and I try to make them as honest as possible. They may be too painfully honest a lot of the time. Being an artist, you want to write something as brutal and as real as you can. I'm not one to just write anything down and sing that. I make a conscious effort with the lyrics.
What other art informs influence you?
I read a lot of spiritual books and watch a lot of American dramas like The Wire and Breaking Bad. I listen to all sorts of music. You can get inspiration from anywhere. A lot of times, my brother will pass some hip hop music on to me. I'm not closed off to anything.
What artists shaped you?
Collectively as a band, Nirvana always comes up. We're all big fans of Radiohead. We all like Rage Against the Machine and Queens of the Stone Age. Then, we're into a lot of old school stuff like Jimi Hendrix, early Fleetwood Mac, and blues when it was cool.
Where did King of Conflict come from?
It's part of the lyrics to "Dead Man's Shoes", which is a song about addiction and being mentally conflicted with yourself. You want to do something, but you're fighting this endless battle. It's not typical violence. It's internal monologue. Everybody is her or own King of Conflict—unless you're completely balanced. I've yet to meet anyone like that [Laughs].
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a difficult one! I'd say something like Breaking Bad. That'd be a good one. That springs to mind. A guy is trying to do what's right with his family, but there's a darker side.
Who's your favorite character on the show?
I think Jesse and also the head of the chicken restaurant Gus Fring. He's just relentless! Jesse is a great character.
What did you think of The Virginmarys' King of Conflict? Which track was your favorite?
—Amy Sciarretto & Rick Florino