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County Durham indie-quintet Vice Killer release their third single, Heroine. Lyrically the track is about reasoning and breaking down the people in power and delivered in a soulfully nonchalant style, reminiscent of Alex Turner. Sonically the track has all the rough ‘n’ ready elements of a classic indie track with some ridin’ free pacing that gallops along a Wild West-tinged soundscape painted by the evocative twangs of guitar.

We’re delighted to be given an exclusive listen to the single, ahead of it’s release on Friday 26th November… But first, lead vocalist and guitarist Thomas Gilling tells us more…

‘Our new single ‘Heroine’ was recorded at Blast Studios, in Newcastle during October 2021. It was the second time we’ve reordered here, and it was produced by Alex McArthur. We recorded our debut EP with Alex so we knew it would be a successful recording process. I (Thomas) wrote Heroine in 2020, it was one of the first songs I came up with. It speaks about a girl who attempts to reason and break down the people who govern the country. I had the idea that only someone of superhuman qualities could clean up the mess we were in. It questions the uncertainty of the times we are in, trying to escape and break free from the madness. We had a few different singles lined up so this was initially a B-Side to one of those songs, I wanted a song with simple chord changes and have that 60’s acoustic sound. When working on the song with James (lead guitarist) he changed the entire dynamics of the song and gave it so much more power. Going into the studio we definitely worked on having that 60s garage band sound, but with a modern feel to it. We’d listened to bands from The Electric Prunes, The Animals and to modern bands like Doves. Especially listening to Doves’ recent album in 2020 ‘The Universal Want’ it very much shaped the dynamics of this song, dropping in and out of the song with acoustics but never losing any energy. We’ve played this song live a couple of times which has always received a positive reception!’

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