Vuvuvultures is not a simple name to pronounce, but this striking and industrial looking quartet, who’ve just reached their 12 month milestone together, are rapidly establishing a solid reputation on London’s live circuit. Harmony Boucher (vocals), Nicole Bettencourt Coelho (bass), Paul Ressel (guitar, production) and Matthew Christensen (drums) sat down with Wonderland to discuss their impressive, raw and charismatic debut EP VVV, and “that” power-walking video, below.
As a four piece, what would you say you each bring to the table?
Harmony: I do my best bring the stories in all our brains out in a coherent, lyrical way. I also do my best to make them in to vocal melodies that aren’t impossible to remember. That and trying to be a front women for a bunch of weirdos on stage.
Paul: I bring my producer brain into the mix. My focus is on experimentation with sound, finding interesting ways to bring the electronic elements in our sound to life. And I play guitar…
Nicole: I’m particularly fond of playing with riffs and slightly uncomfortable or weird sounds, and generally increasing intensity in song structures. I’d say I help cultivate a sort of relentless ambition to keep doing more stuff in every area, not just musically. I tend to consider everything in an overall package, visually and online. I’m also very interested in the local music community and really make an effort to find out about other bands.
Matt: I think I bring a human side to our electronic soul. I bring stubble and B.O. to the machine.
Your sound has been described as “chaotic and controlled”. Would you agree?
Probably, yes. All the songs start life in a recording studio – we tend to go off on layering and detail. Then we take the song into a live context with drums, guitars and bass and it’s literally a chaotic mash of sound. Perhaps the sort of tension that is created in the sound also has a lot to do with the fact that we all look at music very differently and have differing tastes.
What can we expect from the full length record?
More variation. We would love to be able to tell you exactly but we are still writing the album and honestly we don’t know yet! We seem to touch on different genres every time we sit down to write a new song, which is great. Because we all have such different tastes in music, the cross-over points tend to be pretty amazingly random. We’re still in the process of finding our sound, but I’m sort of hoping we never do.
What is your favourite thing that begging with the letter “V”?
We aren’t going to tell you who said what.
Victor (telepathic wolf puppy).
The video for “Pills Week” was directed by Tim Main and Joe Dixon. Are you happy with how it turned out?
Completely. The power-walking, the “suddenly we’re in space” – all of it. Tim and Joe had a really clear vision of what they wanted to do, and based on how well it all resonated with the things we like. We trusted them entirely and basically gave them free reign to work on it.
Are there currently any up-and-coming musicians you are championing?
There are some amazing young bloods coming through at the moment – some bands from around here that we are loving at the moment are Man-flu, Filthy Boy, La Shark, Gabriel Bruce…
What can we expect from your forthcoming live shows?
Sweaty noise missiles exploding in your face, ambitious energy, possibly some drum-diving, big amps, partial nudity.
Words: Shane Hawkins