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County Durham’s alt-indie outfit Vice Killer release their debut EP, Alone, In This World. This cool, conceptual and crisply produced EP is five tracks long and features the dark and soulful Arctic monkey-esque title track, the folky waltz of The Last Dance and the urgent and the riff-filled finale of The Everlasting Road. The tracks were written between October and December 2021 and the recorded at Blast Studios earlier this year

We catch up with lead singer and songwriter Thomas Gilling to find out more about the band and their latest release…

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is dramatic and raw, with melodic guitar work and an uplifting indie sound.  

How did the band come together? Who are some of your shared influences?
Myself and James had been friends at school where we had done music together but never really stuck with it. During the pandemic I bought an acoustic guitar from James which I wrote a handful of songs on and James added lead guitar parts. We hadn’t done anything creative with music for years, we asked James’s brother Jack to start jamming with us and through mutual friends we met Lewis who joined us in July 2020. 

What has been your biggest achievement as a band so far?
Getting radio play with BBC Newcastle Introducing on both of our singles ‘Commonplace’ and ‘Alone, in This World’ which was an amazing achievement for us as we had just started out as a band.  

Tell us about your debut EP, ‘Alone, in This World. What are the themes within it?
It’s about an uncertain journey. It is a concept-based EP, with a similar theme throughout the four songs, musically and lyrically. The EP discusses topics of loneliness and hope throughout the four songs. The first track being Alone, in This World is about someone entering the world on that day and describing the state of the world. Midnight Walking is more of an uplifting song about the sense of freedom during the night when the streets are empty, and those nights with friends that you wish would never end. James wrote the melody for The Last Dance, this song focuses on the theme of confusion and the delusions of an individual. ‘Everlasting Road’ is the end of the story where seeking refuge is possible. 

Have you got anything surrounding the release to promote it?
Upon recording the EP at Blast Studios Newcastle, we went on to play a live session, we played a five-song set which included our debut single Commonplace and the full EP. The live version of Alone, in This World is now on our YouTube page. Following the release of our debut EP on the 4th of June we will release all live versions to promote the EP. We are awaiting news to be announced for our first shows, which will be in Newcastle.  

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