Deltasonic’s newest signing The Vryll Society continue to mesmerise and enthrall with their wonderful groove-laden sound in ‘Air’, the first track taken from their forthcoming debut EP Pangea. The track got its release last week as the band prepare for their forthcoming UK tour, on which they play Cambridge’s The Portland Arms (tickets and info here).
Having built up a strong fanbase following the release of their last single ‘Deep Blue Skies’ and subsequent UK tour, the quintet have earned glowing reviews for their festival appearances this summer, and these latest offerings take the audience further into their world of liquid jams and wonderfully crafted songwriting.
The visionary founder of Deltasonic (The Coral, The Zutons, The Dead 60s) the late Alan Wills, discovered and worked closely with The Vryll Society. He noticed potential in the “space rock sorcerers” straight away and guided them through their initial development to the wonderful ethereal mix which they have achieved with these songs.
The Liverpool band’s debut EP Pangea (derived from ancient Greek for whole of the earth) will be released on 26th October through Deltasonic Records and showcases Mike Ellis’ ethereal vocals and occupying territory from Neu and Air to early Verve and Stone Roses. They undoubtedly deliver a unique blend of styles which they are making their own. In anticipation of their Cambridge show, we chat with Mike Ellis from the band…
How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
A mixture of Krautrock, Funk, Cinematic moves Jazz and anything else we can lend our hand to.
How has your music changed since you first started playing together?
Its becoming more sophisticated and extravagant, as said above more cinematic
What has been the best moment of being in The Vryll Society so far?
Finishing our EP and sitting in the studio basking in it’s glory after some serious hard work and our support slot with Blossoms at The Kazimier Liverpool was pretty special. We’ve got lots of best moments just round the bend though, it’s just going to keep getting better and better
Tell us about your ‘subterranean’ rehearsal space
Haha, it’s our base of operations, I swear if you walked in their you’d end up writing a song, it’s got magic in the walls. Bands go crazy about social media these days, but all you need to conquer the world is a great rehearsal room. (Preferably under the ground)
How has the last year been, you’ve been working on material right?
The last year has been all about playing live and finding the right team to record with, which took a bit of time but we’ve got that right system in place now. In between that we’re always working on material, there’s always a song in the works or one that need’s finishing, it’s important the production line always keep’s moving.
How far, if at all, is your music shaped by Liverpool?
Well I guess we all like The Beatles, it’s probably the first band we all got into but I wouldnt say our music is heavily indebted to Liverpool. If anything given the history, your probably more likely to pick up a guitar in Liverpool than you would be in most other UK cities. This city has enough musician’s to run a small country.
What is the greatest love song of all time?
The greatest love song of all time is The Look Of Love by Dusty Springfield (Bert Bacharach/Hal David)
What’s the greatest LP of all time?
Song Of Innocence by David Axelrod
If you weren’t in the band, why would you like listening to the band?
Because they sound like a gang of lunatics. Crazy people always make the best music.
What’s a lyric you’ll never get enough of?
‘The remember your dream is your only scheme, so keep on pushing’
What inspires your writing?
Music, Art, Film, Litrature, Mystics and Realism
What comes first for you, the music or the lyrics?
There’s no set format, there’s so many different ways, it can come from a bass line, a chord progression a drum beat. Which is good because all the songs so really different for that reason.
What next for The Vryll Society?
We go on a UK tour next week [play Cambridge on Tuesday 6th], we release our EP 23rd October and then we’ll probably put another single out and hopefully an album next year. You’ll be hearing alot more from us
Which band/act should we be excited about?
You should be excited about Blossoms because they’re going to be huge.
Hypothetically you’re going to DJ a disco for us, what is your go to dancefloor filler track?
Providing everyone is really drunk I’m going to go for Runnaround Sue by Dion And The Belmonts
The Vryll Society play The Portland Arms on October 6th
Debut EP ‘Pangea’ is out on October 26th