"Go & see them live, you will be amazed & in our opinion they are by far the best live band we have seen from Newcastle. We were stunned, which doesn’t happen often having seen billions of really good local bands... the sound of NOW for sure!" WORLD HEADQUARTERS, UK. www.welovewhq.com/vivacity
UK-based Viva City mash electro beats with gritty electric guitar riffs and synthesizer-heavy basslines. “the band have drawn comparisons with The Faint, Prodigy, LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode and Justice. The band dropped their debut album ‘Phobia’ last month with great response from industry and fans alike.
“I fucking love this band and everything about them. You might say
these guys were some of the “bad boys” of the British Music
Embassy.” (ClickDagger Blog @ Viva City’s SXSW Embassy Performance 19 March 2011).
Viva City have gained international acclaim, making a huge imprint on the US scene following commanding showcases at SXSW in Austin, Texas and CMJ Music & Film Marathon in New York City. They were also recently invited back to perform at ultra-hip LA hang-out The Viper Room, previewed as “A must-see in Hollywood” by the LA Examiner, and described as “bad-ass hard electro...do not miss these guys” by SuperGoodMusic.
Their latest single, the out of the box smash 'Remove Moneymaker' has been described as “An urgent mix of velvet guitar, fused with Viva City’s trademark electronic wizardry, this storming track is a surefire club hit”. The band’s previous releases have been cited as “sheer genius” by Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music, and “as if the Prodigy suddenly discovered how to write good tunes” by David Sinclair of The Times.
Back in the UK, the band has an impressive list of gigs across the country to their name, including Rockness Festival, Evolution Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Camden Crawl, Channel 4 Television’s Outside In Festival and a virtual gig streamed live on Second Life. The track “Hotwax”, mixed by Kosheen DJs, was recently used for a British TV commercial in association with leading British fashion retailers Schuh, USC and Topshop.
Viva City caught the eye of Dutch DJ maestro Don Diablo, and following a collaboration Diablo released a mini-album of Viva City tracks as part of his mix-compilation, Sellout Sessions 02 (which also features tracks & mixes by Public Enemy, Justice and Boys Noize). Diablo has also released a remix of Viva City’s track ‘Audio Endlessly’ in Europe and the USA to rave reviews, and their video made the MTV Europe playlist. Don Diablo comments that “Future superstars Viva City are creating a new sound for a new era”.
Unleashing blazing support sets during 2009, including for The Futureheads at the iconic Sage in NewcastleGateshead, and in 2008 for superstars Kosheen at London's Koko and Islington Academy (both sold out), Viva City’s awesome performances blow fans away with their audacious mix of genres, unique style and in-your-face raw energy. With headlining residencies for London club nights at Egg and the Scala, these rising electro indie stars are winning new fans across the country and the globe.
So, what’s next for Viva City? Having just played with BBC Radio One DJ Kissy Sellout on his UK-wide San City High Tour, Viva City have also recently toured the US across New York, Maryland, California, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas. The band are about to tour the UK to promote their album, and have been invited to perform at Evolution Festival, Liverpool Sound City 2011 and Britweek in California.
1. Messed Up (Tech Itch Remix) Jun 2009
2. Hotwax (Kosheen DJs Remix) Oct 2009
3. Audio Endlessly (Don Diablo Remix) Apr 2009
4. Phobia (Album) Mar 2011