Record of the Day – “Ticks” by Vienna Ditto


Perfect way to start a new week, I have no idea where this song fits in some kind of box, there is a lot going on here , but the bottom line is, I like the voice and the beat of it. It has that uniqueness thing going on and I’m singing along so don’t be surprised when this sticks in your head for the rest of the day……

here is some official info….

Vienna Ditto’s latest EP Ticks – out Friday 13th May 2016 via Ubiquity Project Recordings – combines gospel blues, surf rock and primitive electronica to create a sound that is full of naïve wonder, yet mildly threatening.

Ticks is a collection of seven sonically-alluring sci-fi blues tracks that slip somewhere between a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, a charity shop Bacharach-on-the-Moog-Synthesizer album and a bad night on the brown acid.

Each track has its own sound; Frank Account swaggers like a glam rock incarnation of the Andrews Sisters, whilst infectiously-catchy title track Ticks – which grouches along on a deeply Kinks-y riff and a Planet Rock electro beat – crackles with a nameless, twitchy paranoid disgust. The EP also features more gospel-influenced tracks such as Motherless Child, which feels almost like it could be a cut from an Etta James or Nina Simone record, with lead singer Hatty Taylor’s smokey, bruised vocals taking centre stage. The band put the dark, almost dystopian vibe that clings to the whole affair down to “…mainly being up at night, not eating so good and watching (German 20s Expressionist film) Metropolis over and over”.

The pop-noir duo consists of Hatty Taylor (vocal and synth) and Nigel Firth (guitar) who first met in 2000 when Nigel taught an eleven-year-old Hatty to play guitar. Ten years later, they formed a band in Oxford and have been creating exceptional, boundary-pushing music ever since. Nigel is the engine behind Vienna Ditto’s restless experimentation and sonic evolution, while Hatty is responsible for the band’s effortless and enchanting lead vocals.

Vienna Ditto have already received praise from the likes of Q Magazine, Artrocker, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson amongst others. With Ticks, the unlikely, delectable and ever-so-slightly dysfunctional duo delve a little deeper into the phenomenal sonic capabilities of combining blues, electronica and surf rock to create something truly mesmerising. Catch Vienna Ditto live at the following tour dates:
1st April – The Wheatsheaf – Oxford
14th April Brewdog – Leicester
16th April – Rock For Refugees – Boileroom, Guildford
30th April Art House Cafe – Southampton
6th May – St James Wine Vaults – Bath
12th May – The Bullingdon – Oxford
13th May – Rising Sun Arts Centre
14th May – The Moon Club – Cardiff
28th May – Peripheral Festival – Norwich
29th May – Common People Festival – Oxford
3 – 4th June – Brew At The Bog – Inverness
5 – 7th August – Sunflowerfest – Hillsborough

Ticks is out on 13th May 2016 via Ubiquity Project Recordings.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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