The Violet May announce UK headline tour dates and Iceland Airwaves Festival this October

Fresh off the back of releasing their lauded debut EP “TV” on Oh! Inverted World in the summer, along with headline shows at London’s Koko, Music Week’s Breakout night, a German tour with The Chapman Family, and support to The Duke Spirit; Sheffield rockers The Violet May will be taking to the road for their own national headline tour this October.

The band play across the UK from October 1st with support from Aussie act All Mankind, before ending with a show at Iceland’s Airwaves Festival on October 14th.

The Violet May have been creating havoc on the live scene since forming in 2009, and are seen by many as the remedy to the mass of twee indie acts currently on the scene. A debut video shot by Douglas Hart of Jesus & Mary Chain and support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, Clash, Guardian, Artrocker and The Sun have been backed by performances at the likes of Leeds Festival, Secret Garden Party, Boardmasters Festival, and opening the Energy Sessions Festival for Band Of Skulls and The Boxer Rebellion.

Chris McClure, frontman of the band, said of the tour: “We are like animals locked in a cage at the moment, we are on a mission to show people that guitar music still has a heartbeat, they don’t need to settle for the vaccines or viva brother. Leave your pretenses at home and come check us out”

Following the tour, The Violet May are headed back into the studio to lay down the next set of tracks for their debut album. The band will also release the track “This Could Be Bad” in November as part of the legendary Club 60’s new singles club. And we can’t wait to get our ears around it!

October live dates;

1/10 SUNDERLAND – Plugged Inn
2/10 INVERNESS – Mad Hatters
4/10 LONDON – Lexington
6/10 MANCHESTER – Alter Ego
7/10 LIVERPOOL – Mojo
8/10 SHEFFIELD – Leadmill
9/10 LEEDS – Milo
14/10 REYKJAVIK – Iceland Airwaves Festival

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The Violet May’s debut EP “TV” is out now from all good digital outlets, and as a limited edition CD release from the band’s site. It features What You Say (one of NME’s “10 Best mp3s This Week”) and the singles Jennifer Lies and TV which caught strong radio attention in both the UK and US. Grab a listen here;

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The Violet May – New Single “TV” Out Today!

Happy bank holiday folks! Hope you’re all having a good one (well, those in the UK anyway). So we are super proud to announce that we have yet another hot single coming out of Oh! Inverted World towers today. The track is TV by Northern rockers The Violet May and is available from all good digital stores (itunes, amazon, HMV, 7digital, etc) from today and precedes the forthcoming 5-track EP out next month (see the links on the right of this blog).

You can also grab yourself an exclusive listen of the new single here;

A dark and melancholic slow-burner, “TV” is focused on the world of TV celebrities and people’s obsession with fame. It’s our third release for TVM, and it just keeps getting better from these guys. Despite only having been around since the end of 2009, TVM have already been tipped for big things in broadsheet The Guardian, appeared in the BBC 6Music studio as Steve Lamaq’s new favourite band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, played the likes of Secret Garden Party, Leeds Festival, a sold out Italian tour, a German tour with The Chapman Family, shot their debut video with Douglas Hart (of Jesus & Mary Chain), opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion, as well as winning big support from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, XFM, The Guardian, Clash, Artrocker amongst others.

The Violet May finished up in the studio in early February, recording their debut EP with Alan Smyth (Arctic Monkeys, Long Blondes, Pulp) at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield. “TV” is the first single from the EP, following a free download of the track “What You Say” which has already been picked up for NME’s “10 Best Mp3’s This Week” and Q Magazine’s “New To Q” playlist. The full 5-track EP is out on June 27th, you can pre-order it now and get the new single for FREE though. Just give the cover shot below a click.

The band are back at London’s KOKO for a headline set in late-July, as well as shows throughout the country and sets at Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik and this year’s Boardmasters Festival. Check out full dates and details here;

The Violet May – “Jennifer Lies” Out Today!

Much excitement around OIW Towers today as The Violet May finally release “Jennifer Lies”, the follow up to their debut single “Bright Or Better” and the first track from their forthcoming EP out next year.

“Jennifer Lies” is a hell of a track, full of riotous rebellion and howling guitars and we’re proper chuffed to be adding the tune to the OIW roster. Here’s an exclusive preview for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…

Jennifer Lies (Single Version) by TheVioletMay

You can now buy the track as an exclusive download (for, like, a few pennies!) from all the following links and other good digital stores;

The band have also been invited to play XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris’ night at London’s Proud Galleries this Thursday (November 25th), more details on that HERE. Much more big news to come from these guys soon, get yourself Facebooked up here for all the latest info…

The Violet May – Jennifer Lies!

Oh! Inverted World are more than a little bit chuffed to announce a new single on our boutique label this month. Following the widespread praise they received when we put out their debut single “Bright Or Better” back in May, Sheffield 5-piece The Violet May release their follow up Jennifer Lies on November 22nd!

It’s a spanking tune that is already looking set for some big things, and this from a band who this year appeared on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show as his New Favourite Band, headlined London’s KOKO for Club NME, set off on a sold out Italian tour in October and recently opened for Band Of Skulls and Boxer Rebellion at the Energy Sessions Festival, as well as winning tons of support from Radio 1, XFM, 6Music, The Guardian, Clash, NME, Artrocker, etc.

The single is the first track from the forthcoming EP out next year and available for download from November 22nd. Here’s a first listen for you Oh! Inverted Worlders…

Jennifer Lies (Single Version) by TheVioletMay

They’ve also been invited to play XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris’ night at Proud Galleries on November 25th, more details on that HERE. Expect more big news from these guys soon…

The Violet May – “Bright Or Better / This Crowd” Limited Edition 7″ Vinyl (500 Copies Only) Available Now!

The Violet May

The Violet May “Bright Or Better / This Crowd” 7″vinyl single – Strictly limited to 500 copies – Pre-order your copy here now!

Yet more BIG and EXCITING news from OIW towers! Yes, 500 limited edition copies of The Violet May’s debut 7” record have landed in our office ahead of the release date on May 24th. And we can tell you now that they look MEGA!

In fact we almost want to keep them all to ourselves. Still that wouldn’t be very charitable now would it? ; )

So if you want to get your hands on one of these 500 limited edition beauties then you can pre-order your copy right-goddamn-now at the link above! Otherwise you’re gonna feel pretty bad, because these will be the only 500 in existence and you won’t have one.

The Violet May have been causing quite a stir since they first landed on the scene late last year with their fresh sound, big attitude and even bigger swagger. They’re being championed by the likes of Rob Da Bank (Radio 1), Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Eddy Temple Morris (XFM) and Rodney Bingenheimer (K-Roq in L.A.), as well as the Guardian listing them as one of the “Top 15 Acts To Watch in 2010”, Clash Magazine declaring them “sent from the heavens to revive the fading spirit of rock and roll”, and the track “Bright Or Better” even on heavy rotation in Topshop New York.

Meanwhile, The Violet May’s hedonistic live shows have left awestruck punters and battered venues trailing in their wake. Residencies at London’s Death Disco and Sheffield’s Stockroom have been backed up by festival dates at Leeds Festival, Standon Calling, Secret Garden Party and Bearded Theory all confirmed for this summer.

And if you’re still unsure, then hit play below and you can stream one of the tracks, “Bright Or Better”, from the forthcoming double A-side single. A kind of try before you buy ; )

The Violet May – Bright Or Better

The Violet May’s limited edition debut single, “Bright Or Better / This Crowd”, is released on May 24th 2010, pre-order your limited edition 7″ vinyl copy here…

The Violet May – Debut Single Out Through Oh! Inverted World Records On May 24th

The Violet May

“Electric and inspiring… their time is now.” – The Guardian

“Gargantuan stage presence and thunderous guitars… Familiarise yourself with these mugshots, for you will definitely be seeing a lot more of them this year. An electrifying live show” – Clash

“An immensely catchy and confident debut… Splendid!” – Rock City

Yep, exciting news from Oh! Inverted World towers, our next release will be
for The Violet May, releasing their hotly-anticipated debut single – the double-A side, ‘Bright or Better/This Crowd’ – on May 24th.

The single will be strictly limited to 500 copies of 7” vinyl, and widely available through all good digital stores. And as a taster of what’s to come for you good folks, here’s an exclusive track to download, Queen Teen.

The Violet May – Queen Teen
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Like that? Well wait until you hear the single ‘Bright or Better/This Crowd’, an urgent, high-octane statement of intent, marrying Queens of The Stone Age-esque guitars with the wry lyrical delivery of vocalist McClure.

The Violet May are already turning some important ears their way. Alan McGee declared the band one of his 15 Tips for 2010 in the Guardian. Then, upon hearing ‘Bright or Better’, former Jesus and Mary Chain band member Douglas Hart – who has previously directed videos for My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors and The Libertines – offered his directorial services to the band. Peter Stringfellow, who, like The Violet May, began his career in Sheffield (as a music promoter), was also first on the scene; providing both dancers – and the location, ‘Stringfellows’ – for the shoot. The result is an authentically dirty rock and roll video, to match the dirty rock and roll sound.

Both tracks on this release are reflective of the band’s formidable live show, which has seen them build up a fervent following back home in Sheffield, and gain headline residencies at the likes of London’s infamous Death Disco. They’ve also been championed by the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer on LA’s biggest radio station KROQ along with Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens giving early support to the band.

XFM, meanwhile, has hand-picked them to play their own stage at this year’s Secret Garden Party, with appearances at Leeds Festival, on top of Standon Calling all confirmed.

If you’re lucky enough to live in New York then you’ll also probably hear them in the US branch of Top Shop which has given heavy, unsolicited exposure to the band too. So, yes, exciting news folks, keep your eyes out for this one and we’ll bring you more info soon…

The Violet May are: Chris McClure (vocals); John Kubicki (keys, guitars, vocals); Jono How (guitar); Dan Booth (bass); Alan Whittaker (drums).

Live shows
28 April / London / Notting Hill Arts Club (Death Disco)
7 May / Liverpool / Greasy Lips
8 May / Sheffield / The Stockroom
15 May / Derbyshire / Bearded Theory Festival
22 May / Sheffield / Penelopes
28 May / Rotherham / Dickins
12 June / Sheffield / The Stockroom
18 June / Darlington / Seen
23 June / London / Notting Hill Arts Club (Death Disco)
24 June / Anglia / Secret Garden Party
8-9 August / Standon Calling Festival
27-29 August / Leeds Festival

At First Glance… The Violet May!

Bit of a blog exclusive here. Remember the ill-fated story of the missed train journey on here a couple of weeks back? Well we were off to Sheffield to see Steel City’s finest new band, The Violet May. Caz didn’t make it, half my whisky pickled brain didn’t make it either but it was a treat to have a listen to the guys run through their thumping set in a practice room.


See, they’re a bit good this lot. There’s a story there too if you like that kind of thing… Singer Chris McClure was the iconic smoking guy on the front cover of the Arctic Monkeys first album, and has all the presence and swagger you’d want from a loud northern band who, on track record so far, could inspire a whole generation. Guitarists John Kubicki and Jono How are the ex-frontmen from the Barricades and Black Light Theatre respectively, and there’s a driving rhythm section made up of the excellent bass fiddler Dan Booth and drummer Alan Whittaker.

Steve Lamacq, Arctic Monkeys, Reverend & The Makers and a load more have already been spotted at their early shows and there’s a whole lot more to tell. But you’ll be hearing all about it soon enough, so for now you’re going to have settle for an exciting first taster, the excellent Bright Or Better. Take it away TVM…

The Violet May – Bright Or Better
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The Violet May are down to play Alan McGee’s night Brixton Jamm on 5th December, you should see them before they’re huge… Check their myspace to hear some more kids,

“Under The Radar” – Jon Boden

OIW welcomes the return of our legendary music mogul, “Keefy”, to the blog! Yes, Under The Radar is back, read on…

This month we have Hospital visits curtailing any radar activity but fear not I have a couple of gigs to report to the good people of O.I.W…

A rare sighting of Keefy!

A rare sighting of Keefy!

So it was with much trepidation that I slunk down to the Boardwalk, Snig Hill, for my first ever “folk gig”. Why, you might ask, would Keefy be attending such a gig? Well, top muso and songwriter Jon Boden’s album “songs from the floodplain” had been in heavy rotation on the new turntable -and a piece of work it is too. Boden has excelled himself musically and lyrically on the album that is a concept/folk/apocalyptic vision of an England with no oil and no soul! I heartily recommend you give this album a spin.

Anyhow I set off early expecting a large gathering due to Sheffield’s enthusiastic trad and nu folk community. I handed my ticket in and wandered into the venue. John Barleycorn be praised I was in the wrong place (or so I thought). About 50 folks (sic) were sat round tables and the atmosphere was that of a village “whistdrive”. Portly bearded gentlemen wearing fleeces and sandals were demanding Real Ale at the bar, blue rinse ladies chatted amiably about the weather.

The support act was an elderly gentleman wearing a flash waistcoat playing old English folksongs on a real phonograph-Not records -those tubular affairs. Very cool I thought. Each tune was met with knowing nods and polite applause. Time for the man. There was no mad rush for the stage by the somewhat ageing audience and no last minute surge of hip young folksters at the door!

All this is a shame because Jon and his band the “Revenant Kings” are pretty damn good. Suited and booted they launch into a really tight set that is a mixture of old and new material. The old stuff I didnt know was ok, if a little M.O.R., but the “floodplain” songs were attacked with menace. ” Wasteland” is nothing short of awesome, “April Queen” is beautiful and “Dancing in the Factory” is delivered with almost unfolky ferocity. Jon chats between songs and there is a meet and greet at the merchandising table. He seems to know most people there.

I leave feeling deflated for some reason that is hard to explain. I wanted to know more about the songs and his reasons for creating such an amazing album. I was also saddened by the poor turnout for an artist who really deserves supporting, maybe the nu-folk is “stay at home”. Shame.

“Songs from the Floodplain” by Jon Boden is on Navigator.
Stop Press : “Tramlines” Festival in Sheffield this weekend I will be reporting in. “The Violet May” are playing twice. Remember you heard about them on “Under the Radar” first!

x Keefy

“Under The Radar” – For A Minor Reflection

It only seems like yesterday when myself and the honourable Jonny Wignap (ex B.L.T. now guitarist with “The Violet May“) were sitting in a backstreet cafe in Reykjavik recovering from the previous evenings “entertainment” when a slice of scrawled pencil graffiti caught the eye, “F a M R”!

Intrigued we investigated this “sign” and found ourselves in “12 tonar“, without doubt the finest indie record store in the northern hemisphere, furthering our enquiries. 15 minutes later, credit card maxed out we left armed with a shed load of c/d’s including “Mugison“,”Amiina” and a lovely handmade “Reistu big via, solin er komin a loft” by the afore mentioned “For a Minor Reflection“.
Further exploration (ie: we played it) revealed an amazing slab of post rock. Six masterful compositions and, before you ask, nothing like the wonderful SIGUR ROS!

12 Tonar, Reykjavik

12 Tonar, Reykjavik

Fast forward to last Autumn and a packed Empress Ballroom, Blackpool. We had made the pilgrimage to see Sigur Ros with the added incentive FaMR were supporting and we were anticipating a great night. It wasn’t great – it was awesome. The four unassuming young Icelanders, three dressed in white one in black, looked out from the stage at the huge crowd waiting for Sigur Ros. “erm ‘ello, we are from Reykjavik and normally play to 25 people”. We laughed. In reply they launched into a 40 minute set of amazing intensity that completely brought the house down. These lads, totally unfazed, were really incredible and seemed quite unaware of the huge reaction they had caused. There are no pretensions lurking here, just great music.

FaMR - "Reistu big via, solin er komin a loft" album cover

What do they sound like you might ask? I hate comparisons and so would say switch off the tv and go see. Pushed I guess “Mogwai“, “explosions in the sky” would be nearest the mark. So why the “stop press”? They are on tour right now and playing “229”, which I believe is 229 Great Portland Street London, on Wednesday 17th June and I strongly advise you guys to get some of this while it is fresh! Find them at

Keefy x
Oh, by the way, translated the album is “Rise and Shine, the Suns Up”

“Under The Radar” – The Violet May

THE VIOLET MAY at the Jacaranda Club, Liverpool – Friday April 3rd.


Its “Ladies Day” at Aintree and about 5.30 in the evening. Some of the “Ladies” who are staggering around Hanover Street have had a good day and are now fairly scary. Assorted members of “The Violet May” and friends/crew etc have emerged from the gloom of the Jacaranda’s cellar to take a break from setting up for their forthcoming gig.

It’s a little slice of history in the making because its many years since a band last performed here. Fact is, as the mural behind the cellar bar proclaims, “the place the fab four first played”, its quite likely that the fab five could well be the last band to play here. Everyone finishes their cigarettes and we mooch back down the stairs drooling over the posters and pictures of the Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr. I get my photo taken in front of the Astrid poster (it doesn’t really work sadly).

A little history lesson reveals that the The Violet May were thrown together in Sheffield’s post Monkey evolutionary slurry. Emerging from 6 months of rehearsals in their tumbledown attic room they played an unannounced debut at Sheffield’s own legendary “Frog and Parrot” under the guidance of Lord Parrot.

Ex “Barricades” genius John Kubicki and drummer Allan Whittaker were at a loose end and found Black Light Theatre frontman Jono How asleep at the bar in the afore mentioned Frog and Parrot and made him an offer. Bassist Dan Booth was found hiding behind a pint of Carling and the whole fancy cupcake was topped by Mr Chris McClure who was in the process of setting up his own political party and needs no introduction! The name? A legendary Sheffield Record Emporium that removed many pounds from this writer’s wallet in years past.

Its later. Sound is checked, DJ’s Amy and Kayleigh are treating the Liverpool crowd to a musical education. The band are hungry to play. Outside things are weird. Polyester and Chiffon everywhere. No one is sober. There are sights young men should not be exposed to. Some of them have appeared in the Cellar Bar. By the time the band are into the third tune they are steaming. Its cramped and hot in the tiny cellar. At the back of the room the Race -Goers are not paying much attention. Mr McClure leaves the stage, into the crowd, and offers the people in question some timely advice. They seem a little perplexed by this we, however, are loving it!

The Violet May are a sensory blitz. John seamlessly moving from guitar to synths and back, Jono’s Les Paul effortlessly rhythmic pulling out riffs in harmony with John. Alan and Dan an absolute rock steady foundation. Out front, Chris orchestrates the proceedings while trying to strangle himself and audience with his mic lead. It’s provocative, dark, loud and sometimes nasty but the quality of the compositions and the lyrics shine through. “Teen Queen” is hot, “Mothers Milk” awesome. By the time “Bright or Better’s” apocalyptic ending of howling feedback fades away the band are outside, pulling on roll-ups and lager, emotionally drained.

The rest of Liverpool wanders by in a seemingly alcoholic haze with no idea what just took place in a dark and sweaty cellar. Could this have happened before? …I believe The Violet May are invading Camden Barfly 3rd May..should be fun!