Victory Kicks Discusses Discog, New Music, and More!

Indie rockers VICTORY KICKS have got not one but a total of six albums under their belts, plus a bunch of EP's and singles too! They always have something new in the works, including another album they are finishing up! The band discusses these things and much more.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Victory Kicks started out as a home recording project with just me writing the songs and playing everything. I’ve always recorded everything in my flat. Mostly I still do that. In recent years Victory Kicks has become a more collaborative project: I still write and record the songs but I regularly work with friends of mine from other London based bands who contribute parts and play on the recordings. They also play in the band when we do occasional live shows.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

I’m afraid this is not an interesting story… Like most bands, I basically wanted to find something that wasn’t taken. I had a song I was working on around that time that had the phrase ‘the Victory Kicks’ in it and when I googled that nothing came up so I figured it would do. I’ve since thought of tons of names that are better but it’s a bit late for that. 

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re based in South London. There are tons of great bands I’ve seen and met at shows over the years. I’d recommend checking out the guys I work with on Victory Kicks stuff, they’re all great: Sam Beard is a brilliant songwriter and guitarist who I work with a lot and who also plays in both Victory Kicks and another band I’m in, he’s got a new single out at the moment which you should definitely check out. Dan Kert from Plastic Barricades is responsible for some ridiculously catchy songs - they had a new album out at the end of last year. And The Young Flood which kind of started out as a Victory Kicks side project and is now a band in it’s own right. Obviously I’m not at all biased about any of those, especially the last one. 

4. How would you describe your style?

I always used to describe it as Lo-Fi Indie Rock - I used to spend my time trying to write the perfect 2min Indie Pop song - but in the last few years I’ve got a bit better at the recording side of things and the songs have got a bit longer, more atmospheric and hopefully a bit more interesting. Still, I’ve always been into lo-fi indie and alt-rock music and don’t like things to sound too polished. So long as the song is good, that’s the main thing.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve got 6 albums behind us now and a bunch of EPs and singles… so what someone should expect is a fairly big back catalogue to work through, too big maybe.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We’ve almost always got something new in the works. At the moment we’re finishing off our next album which is going to be called Free the Night and will be out later this year. Between now and then we’ll be putting out a few singles - the latest one of those is called Mookie Betts which you can hear now.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Not right now for obvious reasons but as soon as things get better we’re hoping to get a few shows organized both with Victory Kicks and with The Young Flood. 

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Pretty much the same plans we’ve always had: Keep writing, keep recording, keep working, keep busy.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can listen to it pretty much anywhere that streams music. If you want to buy our stuff then just head over to Bandcamp where you can get our entire back-catalogue for an almost recklessly small price. 

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

There’s plenty more where that came from. 

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