The Violent May are here to show people that guitar music still has a heartbeat and they don’t need to settle for The Vaccines or Viva Brother. Gritty.

Some dude sent us a press release for The Violet May’s October Uk tour and asked us to help announce it and publicise it. I had never ever heard of the Violet May but the press release was pretty impressive and made them sound really cool – ‘we’re trying to bring back guitar music, people don’t have to settle for The Vaccines or Viva Brother – so I decided to check them out on Youtube. It doesn’t seem like they have any official music videos though and the videos that are on present hardly have any views, which is kind of weird for a band that looks as though it’s headlining fairly decent sized venues. Whatever. I decided to listen to this track:


It was ok. It just sounded like a more moody/rock version of the Vaccines/Viva Brother though. It didn’t make me want to listen to any more of their songs, that’s for sure, but then I guess it isn’t really my bag anyway, so maybe you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the press release, maybe go check them out or something:

Fresh off the back of releasing their lauded debut EP “TV” in the summer and 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 a 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;

1/09  SUNDERLAND – Plugged Inn
2/09  INVERNESS – Mad Hatters
4/09  LONDON — Lexington
6/09  MANCHESTER – Alter Ego
7/09  LIVERPOOL — Mojo
8/09  SHEFFIELD — Leadmill
9/09  LEEDS – Milo
14/09  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.

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