Since the bands inception in 2006, The Virginmarys have released a number of EP’s, toured the world, and built one of the most loyal fan bases in rock today. The bands success has led to the birth of their first full length album, “King of Conflict”; an album that critics have said holds “the dynamics of platinum class ‘grunge’ with the spikiness of punk.” The album is led by the single “Dead Man’s Shoe’s which was immediatly embraced by fans as it shot right to #5 at specialty radio upon its release. You can stream stream the whole record below, then pick it up on iTunes and stay tuned to the bands official site for more news tour dates, and more.
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Get the Lyric Premiere from the whole record over at Metrolyrics
Read along for our exclusive Last FM Interview with The Virginmarys
(LFM) – Where did the name of the band come from?
(DANNY) – WE GOT THE IDEA WHEN WE WERE RECORDING OVER IN L.A..THERE WAS
THIS ONE BAR WE USED TO GO TO CALLED THE LONDONER IN SANTA CLARITA AND
ONE NIGHT WE WERE IN THERE AND OVER HEARD THESE 5 GUYS TALKING ABOUT
GOIN TO A STRIP CLUB IN SAN FERNANDO VALLEYS CALLED “VIRGINMARYS”??
….THINK IT JUST KINDA SHOCKED US A BIT THAT THERE’D BE A PLACE NAMED
SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND I GUESS IT ALWAYS KINDA STUCK IN MY MIND.
(LFM) – How much did your upbringing in Manchester influence your music?
(MATT) – WE WOULDN’T SAY THAT IT’S HAD A MASSIVE INFLUENCE ON OUR MUSIC, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS THE HISTORY OF ALL THE GREAT BANDS THAT HAVE COME FROM MANCHESTER AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS (SUCH AS MACCLESFIELD WHERE WE COME FROM) THAT GETS YOU AND MAKES YOU THINK; ‘THEY WERE JUST REGULAR, NORMAL GUYS LIKE US. WHY DON’T WE GIVE THAT A TRY?’ SO IN THAT RESPECT IT’S MAYBE MORE OF AN INFLUENCE ON OUR BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GO ON AND ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS AS A BAND RATHER THAN THE MUSIC ITSELF.
(LFM) – Among the giants of American and British rock bands, who are your
top favorites and why?
(DANNY) – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (US): FIRST TIME I HEARD RAGE IT WAS
ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHERE YOU GO”WTF IS THIS??” AND “I NEED TO GO HOME
RIGHT NOW AND PLAY THE DRUMS!!”……I REMEMBER DRIVING AROUND IN MY MATES
CAR AND HE PUT ON”BOMBTRACK”…WHEN IT FINISHED, NO ONE SAID A WORD…IT
WAS THAT MOMENT!!!…IF YOU WANT THE MOST HONEST,PURE AND TRUE AMERICAN
ROCK BAND…THEY’RE CALLED RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
THE WHO (UK): DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BRITISH ROCK BANDS OF
ALL TIME… TO ME, THE WHO EPITOMISED WHAT IT IS TO BE A LIVE ROCK
BAND. SO MUCH ENERGY + ATTITUDE IN THEIR PERFORMANCE AND THE TUNES.
I THINK WATCHING KEITH MOON HAD A BIG INFLUENCE ON ME GROWING UP AS
A DRUMMER…IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IT HIT ME THAT, SOMETIMES IT’S NOT
NECESSARILY WHAT YOU PLAY..BUT HOW YOU PLAY IT.
(LFM) – It is said that your music blends the dynamics of platinum class ‘grunge’ with
the spikiness of punk and the attention to detail and honesty of prime Britrock. That
being said, what bands from those eras/genres influenced the sound that became The
(ALLY) – ONES THAT SPRING TO MIND FROM THOSE GENRES WOULD BE, THE SEX PISTOLS,NIRVANA AND THE WHO. WITHIN THEM THERE’S AMAZING PASSION, HONESTY, INTENSITY, GRITTINESS AND ABOVE ALL TOP SONGWRITING. ITS ALWAYS GOING TO BE ABOUT THE SONGS FOR US, BUT WITHIN THAT IS THE NEED TO KEEP THEM HONEST AND RAW.
(LFM) – Your belief system begins with a devotion to the idea of playing, tell us a little
about what you mean by that and where that philosophy stemmed from.
(ALLY) – WE’RE ALL VERY CONSCIOUS OF HOW TIGHT WE CAN SOUND AND THE POTENTIAL WITHIN THE BAND. WE HAVE HIGH STANDARDS IN THAT RESPECT THAT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE MET. WHEN YOU PLAY TOGETHER ALL THE TIME, YOU END UP BEING IN SYNC WITH EACH OTHER. IT RUNS LIKE A MACHINE RATHER THAN INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS. I GUESS WERE QUITE OLD SCHOOL LIKE THAT. WE’LL OFTEN JAM TOGETHER FOR HOURS. SINCE WE GOT TOGETHER WE’VE HAMMERED THE TOURING ALSO AND THAT HELPS TO MAKE THE BAND A LOT TIGHTER.
(LFM) –Slash is one of your biggest fans, as well as a regular VM’s T shirt wearer…What
is it like to see a legend like him repping your band?
(MATT) – IT’S SUCH A HUGE HONOUR FOR SOMEONE OF HIS SATURE TO BE WEARING OUR T-SHIRT AND ULTIMATELY CHAMPIONING OUR BAND. HE’S A TRUE ROCK GOD. IT’S A PRETTY SURREAL THING FOR US, EVEN NOW AND IT’S AMAZING TO SAY THAT ONE OF OUR FANS IS SLASH OF ALL PEOPLE.
(LFM) – You’ve released a series of EP’s and toured the world over the last
few years; what led you to the decision to finally make a full length
(DANNY) – WHEN WE FIRST GOT TOGETHER EVERYTHING SEEMED TO JUST
NATURALLY WORK IN 3 MONTH PERIODS FOR US… WE JAMMED TOGETHER, GOT MAYBE
6-7 TUNES WE WERE PRETTY HAPPY WITH AND THEN DEMO-ED THEM AT HOME.
THREE MONTHS LATER WE WERE IN A STUDIO RECORDING WHAT WOULD BE THE
FIRST E.P AND IT KINDA CARRIED ON LIKE THAT??…WE NEVER THOUGHT “RIGHT
WE’RE GONNA DO 3 E.P’S AND THEN A FULL LENGTH ALBUM!!” IT JUST SEEMED
THE NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR US??..I THINK WE ALL KNEW WHAT OUR FIRST
ALBUM WAS GONNA SOUND LIKE, IT WAS REALLY JUST A PROCESS OF WORKING
TILL WE HAD THE RIGHT TRACKS TO MAKE IT.
(LFM) – ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ has been getting rave reviews from the likes of Spinner. What
was the writing process like for that song?
(ALLY) – I’D HAD THE SONG FOR A WHILE BEFORE I CAME UP WITH A RIFF FOR IT. AFTER THAT IT CAME ALONG QUITE QUICKLY THROUGH CONSTANTLY JAMMING OVER IT. I KNEW IT HAD TO BE AS INTENSE AS IT COULD BUT STILL IN KEEPING WITH THE MELODY. I WROTE THE LYRICS A MONTH OR TWO LATER AFTER PLAYING WITH THE WORDS KING OF CONFLICT.
(LFM) – Is there any specific method you use when writing new music or is it more of an
(ALLY) – I SIT WITH AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND LITERALLY START WRITING UNTIL SOMETHING COMES I’M HAPPY WITH. THEN RECORD THE IDEAS ON MY PHONE OR WHATEVER’S LYING AROUND. I KEEP PLAYING AROUND WITH IT FOR A FEW DAYS BEFORE WE START JAMMING OVER IT IN THE PRACTICE ROOM AND SEE WHERE IT GOES FROM THERE. THE LYRICS MOSTLY HAPPEN SEPARATELY ONCE I’M HAPPY WITH THE MELODY. I’LL OFTEN HAVE THE ODD LINE OR HOOK, AND JUST RIFF AROUND IT.
(LFM) – You were recently announced as being a part of SXSW this year – what have you heard about that festival and what do you expect your Austin experience to be like?
(MATT) – WE’VE HEARD SO MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT SXSW, ONE OF WHICH IS THAT IT’S A MASSIVE LIVE MUSIC PARTY ESSENTIALLY SO THAT’LL BE GREAT! NONE OF US HAVE EVER BEEN TO AUSTIN SO WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT OTHER THAN IT’LL PROBABLY BE PRETTY HOT. WE’RE JUST ALL REALLY LOOKING FORWARD NOW TO GETTING THERE , PLAYING OUR SHOW AND GETTING INVOLVED IN THE PARTY ATMOSPHERE.