During one of our Sunday Sessions at Camden Assembly, Benumu interviewed Midlands five-piece, Violet. The band combine influences drawn from 90s grunge to Britpop. Violet’s mellifluous, almost psychedelic sound stems from pedal immersed guitars, however the dreamlike, ethereal intros soon explode into thunderous bass lines bolstered by intricate drums. Violet have played at a plethora of established venues such as Birmingham’s O2 Institute, The Sunflower Lounge and Mama Roux’s.
You’ve previously been likened to groups like Slowdive, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown massacre, but who do you cite as your inspirations?
– Laughing- (all) Those to be honest. (Ted Spivey) Yeah, that’s pretty accurate – points to Luke’s T-shirt which has a picture of Brian Wilson on it – Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys (Luke Haycock) Yeah, that’s the big one, and then… I guess it’s those!
And did you expect such a great reaction to ‘Feel’ when it was released?
(Patrick Murphy) We liked to think it would get a great reaction. (Patrick) We didn’t put it out thinking people would hate it and it’s nice when people like it, or talk about it. Or sing it! (Ted) Yeah, it’s nice at gigs – especially in Birmingham where we play a lot – when they sing along and come onstage and stuff. It’s very surreal seeing people sing our lyrics at a show, it’s a bit weird. (Luke) A great weird, though.
And where is your favourite placed you’ve played so far?
(Luke) Birmingham. Well, if we’re going on aesthetic alone, I might go with Bristol.
(Ted) Mr Wolfs – they gave us free noodles as well. (Luke) Really good noodles – they’re worth like 6 or 7 quid and they gave us six, so what’s that? (Patrick) Oh god, maths… (Luke) Well – it’s forty two quid in noodles that we saved so for that reason it’s going to have to be Bristol. (Ted) Shout out to Bristol (Luke) And noodles. (Ted) Yeah, they get me through hard days.
And where/what is your dream venue to play?
(Harry) Knebworth – general laughs – (Ted) Yeah, selling out Knebworth. (Luke) Okay, serious answer. I would like to play at the Main Room at the Institute in Birmingham (Ted) Yeah, to headline the Main Room at the O2 Institute in Birmingham – nods of agreement – (Luke) That would be a dream. (Harry) That would really be a milestone for me. (Luke) I’d cry.
Where does your band name come from?
(Luke) Oh, it’s not even worth the question. (Arran) It’s a nice colour, isn’t it. (Luke) It’s a nice word. (Harry) Easy to say. (Luke) Sometimes ‘V’s look quite aesthetically placed in text.