By Thomas Emory
The second The Red Sky’s infectious rhythm kicks in, I couldn’t help my face from contorting into an aggressive skank face and my head from grooving to the tracks beat. North-East based band, Vice Killer, have dropped a gritty, but vibrant new track, complete with soaring lead guitar and yearning vocals.
Their most thought-provoking and engrossing release to date, The Red Sky, captures an intricate sonic-magic from start to finish, with Thomas Gilling (lead vocals/guitar), James Langan (lead guitar), Jack Langan (bass) and Lewis Muir (drums) musicianship all working alongside each other effortlessly.
Discussing the track, Gilling explained that “it is about the feeling when you're down and out, this sky seems to follow and haunt you. Kind of like the devil on your shoulder, trying to convince you to give up and throw everything away. I've been watching a lot of 'Stranger Things' so I have a feeling this may have rubbed off on me. It is a song trying to tell people not to give up.”
With a track record of sold out shows in Sunderland and Newcastle last year, as well as a feature on BBC Introducing under their belt, Vice Killer are looking to continue their momentum with upcoming shows at HMV Newcastle on April 15th and Hartlepool on May 12th. If The Red Sky is anything to go by, the band - and we - have a lot to look forward to in 2023 and beyond.