By Video Villain
In a scene dominated by electro-indie, hardcore and thrash metal, it's reassuring to see that there are still musicians out there experimenting with stylistic alternatives. Video Villain are a prime example of such a phenomenon. Consisting of just two members, Marie France and Lucy Catherwood, the band have pushed to develop a style rich in rhythm and bursting with attitude. Their debut single, titled 'Fearless', is a clever blend of club and industrial rock, with a few elements of R&B and punk thrown in for good measure. This elaborate fusion works surprisingly well, culminating in a texturally rich dance track with plenty of hooks to keep you interested.
Video Villain are made even more impressive by the fact that, not only is the music self-produced, but the video too. Drawing inspiration from visual legends such as David Lynch, the band have created a visual feast akin to the cinematic offerings of Aphex Twin or Marilyn Manson. Complete with pseudo-religious imagery, a mysterious robed figure, and of course, bikini-clad women wearing cow skulls, this has everything anyone could ask for in a music video. All strangeness aside, the video really is a fascinating, well executed piece of work; and, just like the track, is a refreshing departure from the mundane media content that most bands exhibit these days.
Such a refined combination of talent, imagination and creativity definitely makes Video Villain a band to watch out for over the coming months. Fans of Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin and Ladytron will be particularly pleased, and anyone with a soft spot for four-to-the-floor beats should definitely give them a go. The single, 'Fearless', will be released for download on February 21st, with UK tour dates soon to follow. Meanwhile, you can check out the video for the track, as well as other short films they've created, on their YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/videovillaintv).
HEADS WE DANCE are "pushing all the right buttons... speaker gold dust" - (Mixmag July 2009)