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County Durham quintet Vice Killer drop their fourth single Past Life. This latest offering is a dark, remorseful track and – with its blazing blues guitar, dramatic rhythmic builds and soulfully sombre vocals – a rather intriguing slice of alt-indie.

Lead singer and guitarist, Thomas Gilling tells us what inspired the song…

This was one of many songs that was written during the formation of the band back in 2020, it was a song we didn’t really know what to do with it. It went through four different versions before we were happy with this one. It was recorded at the same time as our previous single ‘Heroine’ at Blast Studios Newcastle, recorded and produced by Alex McArthur. It was really gratifying to hear a song we had spent a long time on, it showed how much we’d progressed as a band. 

The sound of Past Life was heavily influenced by Joy Division. I spent some time listening to Unknown Pleasures trying to create a sound somewhere near that. As well as, one of our favourite bands Fontaines DC, who has had a massive influence on us over the last few years. The song is about the regrets of not making the most of people in your life before they go, and the slim chances of ever meeting again. At the time of writing, I was listening to the song Salome by Pete Doherty, which definitely helped with the idea of meeting someone in a past life. The bridge of the song is a conversation with someone you have wished to meet again, and the chance to reminisce about past times. Lewis (Drummer) was very much involved when I was writing the song at the time, we were talking about the possibility of meeting someone in another life. He had mentioned an interesting dream about walking along the beach banks of Horden, and when the waves parted, he met a past version of himself called Leeroy who told him to write this song.

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