Round Ron Virgin
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Round Ron Virgin

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Band Alternative Folk


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"Round Ron Virgin – Cowabungler"

Today sees the soft-release (official one July 27th) of Round Ron Virgin’s debut album ‘Cowabungler’ through DIY label Records Records Records. RRV were one of the highlights of our last Music Mule Acoustic Consequences night and drawing in band members from Wet Paint, The Rumble Strips, Helsinki and The Coastguards you can hardly argue with this record’s folk calibre. Oh and it’s FREE!

For Fans Of: Bill Callahan, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel.

Cowabungler is ten tracks of joyous yet slightly dark folk ditties like ‘Old Sick & Die’ which is a smile inducing call to live for today. Front man Oli Chance, formerly of Oli ‘n’ Clive’, is the star of the show with his dry, humorous yet heartfelt delivery and proud to be a misfit outlook on life. You just have to listen to ‘Square Peg’ (in a round hole) to see what we mean. Then there’s ‘Soon Enough’ which features the line “Well I’m a lot like Xmas cos I come, I come round once a year”. Anyone who can pull off that lyric without laughing is mighty fine in our books even if we have horribly mis-interpreted his words. But you get the impression you’re meant to paint your own picture with this band.

Musically the album is a bubbling cauldron of folk instrumentation featuring no less than 25 instruments, ranging from the euphonium to drum machines, guitaleles (kind of like a ukulele we think!), and a personal favourite of ours, the humble yet versatile saucepan-and-floor.

The live band consists of Oli with Babak Ganjei and Melinda Bronstein (Wet Paint), William Reid (Gold Sounds, Disappearers) and Jonnie Fielding (Helsinki, Pan I Am, Carl Barat). The recorded band also features three of The Rumble Strips and one of Dan Michaelson’s Coastguards.

Round Ron Virgin have adopted a commendable approach to ‘Cowabungler’ in that they’re giving the whole thing away for free digitally. If you so desire and we recommend you should, you can grab it from

The download can be obtained in whatever format you desire from lower quality mp3s to lossless FLAC files which the band are encouraging fans to remix as they see fit and share with them and the wider world. The same goes for the artwork which is available for re-working. It’s all about giving and sharing you see!

Should you so desire you can also buy the album as a digital download or as a limited edition cd. So if you fancy giving back or just finding more out about this fine new band then head over to

Nuff said! -

"ROUND RON VIRGIN: "Heart Felt Sore" (Records Records Records)"

ROUND RON VIRGIN: "Heart Felt Sore" (Records Records Records)
RELEASED? 27th May.
SOUNDS LIKE? Melancholy restraint from the genuinely wild west of Sussex. This is a sadly barbed and sweetly charming wooze along what the lazy scribblers will tag lo-fi or quirky while wondering if they can get a neutral milkshake from room service.
IS IT ANY GOOD? It is, as they nearly said in The Guardian "Fucking brilliant". This is the kind of unaffected, naturally engaging music that every musician should, regardless of genre, create. I think it used to be known as honesty. Round Ron Virgin write for the depths, but can be outright enjoyed for the apparent simplicity of their melody, production and technique. All an appallingly pompous way of saying that they feel good, sound good, but despite that, are the genuine article. Now, click the link thing and have some.


Cowabungler (Album) - 2010



Oli Chance is the writer and composer of Cowabungler, a collection of ten songs including ‘Heart Felt Sore’, ‘Couple More Years’, ‘I Love You But You Are Nuts’ and ‘Square Peg’.

He is the grandson of prolific yet widely unknown sci-fi, mystery and children’s author John Newton-Chance, and the great-great grandson of Henry Chance-Newton, the man behind the 1887 musical theatre flop ‘Frankenstein, or the Vampire’s Victim’. Their efforts continue to inform and inspire his work to this day.

In 2007, Chance’s band Oli ‘n’ Clive were awarded a modest recording contract with Trial and Error Recordings and released the single ‘Excuse Me’, backed with a cover of the same track by better-known indie rock band Wet Paint. A few months later, the band split up. Wet Paint continue to perform, and went on to record the critically acclaimed album ‘It Rots’.

In 2009, after taking a sabbatical from the music business to work for Nintendo in Germany, he returned to Britain with a clutch of new songs. With the help of members of his old group and various other collaborators, Round Ron Virgin was born.

Round Ron Virgin’s debut album Cowabungler was released on Records Records Records records in late May 2010.

Among his many honours are tour support with The Rumble Strips and The Magic Numbers, various festival appearances, sessions for John Kennedy on Xfm and airplay on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show.