The Victorian English Gentlemens Club
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club are an aggravated three-piece band making underground pop racket in the pop underground racket of Cardiff.
They get pleasure from building cold-hearted, bass-heavy music with hard edges and brutality with all of their drums, lungs, hearts and guitars. They also use an electric mandolin, an Indian shruti harmonium, a self-made bow-screamo (wire nailed to wood and played with a bow), sparrows and a church bell hit with a hammer. They listen to Liars, Grinderman, '154' by Wire, Deerhoof, Cardiacs and 'Flowers of Romance' by PiL, but have an affinity with the three-minute pop song.
TVEGC were first born when Adam Taylor and Louise Mason met at art college in Cardiff. Using their combined interest in art and experimental guitar music they began writing music solely influenced by The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth. A year later, the debut album was written.
Since then, many miles have been toured and noise created in the UK, across Europe and in the USA, breaking hearts, drum sticks and many essential engine parts along the way. They've toured with British Sea Power, Deerhoof, Archie Bronson Outfit and The Wedding Present. They've played SXSW twice, appeared on Pancake Mountain, and taken part in an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales. In 2009 they released their second album, 'Love On An Oil Rig' to great critical acclaim:
"Ask not what the Victorians did for us, but rather what these Victorians will do, given half a chance, to you" - NME
"An atmosphere of seedy debauchery that is strangely edifying, constantly interesting and sonically challenging - a vital proposition" - Clash
"If you like your music to sound like an art school experiment involving a circular saw and a washing machine full of nails, 'Love On An Oil Rig' is definitely the album for you" - The Fly
"I could go through the tracks and give you a run-down, but it's pointless. This album is brilliant. Go buy it" - Artrocker
"A lesson to us all about the importance of pushing your boundaries and seeing where your imagination can take you" - Maps
"The aural equivalent of sitting next to a piss-stained pensioner on the bus" - NME
Their third album is exactly the same as the last, but taller, louder, quieter, shorter, noisier, thinner, and fed through a meat grinder. The aim was to make hard-edged, brutal, quirky pop music, steering clear of the usual third album reverb-drenched sap. Its major themes are sea, meat, public transport, war, ghosts, foxes, sparrows and Africa.