Hailing from Macclesfield, the band have been hard at it in the studio since the start of the 2018 self producing and creating fresh new works alongside piecing together previously unfinished material, all of which follow the intensity, honesty and urgency that has become a trademark to The Virginmarys sound.
After the success of their debut album ‘King Of Conflict’ and follow up sophomore ‘Divides’produced and mixed by Gil Norton (FooFighters, Pixies), singer/guitarist Ally Dickaty says this third album is his favourite work to date;
‘I’m more excited about this record than any others we’ve done. We’ve created a beast that sounds massive. There’s a lot of freedom in this record, I’ve felt liberated and closer to the spark that had me writing in the first place. We’ve been working so close with these songs from start to finish and it’s felt right pouring ourselves into them. It’s a very special record that feels closest to the energy of our live performance than any before"
The Virginmarys have always endeavoured to remain deeply rooted in their own sound, organically turning away from fads, scenes or indeed anything that steers them away from their own playing styles.
“The whole journey is about communication rather than fame or money,” Dickaty explains,“I feel the anger, boredom and dissatisfaction beneath the surface of everyday life and it channels into the music. I can see it in people I meet from day to day and I feel lucky I can express it through music rather than getting myself into a lot of trouble.”
Amongst the intensity and danger in The Virginmarys sound, there remains a strong sense of vulnerability and social conscience running through the songs that often lyrically express painful and uncomfortable honesty like a rhetoric of dark journey.
“Music keeps me alive and closer to the truth, I don’t know where I’d be without it. It provides a platform to express thoughts and emotions a lot more effectively and beautifully than words alone. You can make use of dark times in your life and turn them into something incredible that resonates with others", says Dickaty.
'Northern Sun Sessions' was recorded and engineered by Ally Dickaty at Preach Studios, with drums and big guitars recorded and engineered by Mark Winterburn at Edge Studios. It was mixed by Kemble Walters in Los Angeles and mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet in New York.
Drummer Danny Dolan talks about the HEAT!…"We started recording the album at the end of June 2018 during the sunniest week we’ve ever experienced in the Northwest", explains Dolan,”the heatwave continued throughout the rest of the recording process in what turned out to be the hottest summer recorded in the UK. It was a really cool omen and added to the specialness of this record given the album title.
Where and when you can Catch the Virginmarys:
17.2.19 - Phase One, Liverpool
18.2.19 - Yorkshire House, Lancaster
19.2.19 - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
20.2.19 - The Underground, Stoke on Trent
21.2.19 - The Flapper, Birmingham
22.2.19 - Hobo's - Bridgend
23.2.19 - Cobblestone's, Bridgwater
24.2.19 - The Junction, Plymouth
26.2.19 - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
27.2.19 - The Joiners, Southampton
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The Virginmarys are set to release their newest single S.O.S.4.U.N.I comes out March 1st as a follow up to Look Out For My Brother, taken from the current album Northern Sun Sessions. It's a 5 star song oozing with the roots of Indie & Brit Rock, catch it on Smile Radio - this 2019, the year of the independent artists!
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