The VICIOUS GUNS are a canadian electronic rocknroll band featuring jennie & richey vicious. their music is characterized by lead female vocals, male harmonies, and a juxtaposition of impeccably clean/overdriven guitar tones and new wave bass lines against a backdrop of synthetic drums and samples.
The VG's played their first show on halloween 2008 to a sold out crowd at toronto's legendary punk rock dive, the bovine sex club. the very next day they embarked on a month long, 25 date north american tour. the following spring they toured the united kingdom, including a performance at the final night of stay beautiful, simon price(manic street preachers' biographer/the independent)'s glam rock night in camden town. the summer of '09 saw TVG showcasing at toronto's NXNE festival. during the fall of 2009 J&R were called on by stephen trask (writer/composer and self-professed 'huge fan') to be a part of the toronto run of hedwig & the angry inch. the two played an active role on stage as both musicians and speaking actors; the show received rave reviews and was nominated for a dora award.
in november '09 TVG were personally invited to perform alongside indie rock superstars, peter bjorn & john (who had just spent the summer touring w/ depeche mode), at toronto's premier rock venue, the phoenix. they self-released their debut, self-titled EP in december '09 as well as a 'homemade' video (featuring candid tour and live footage) for the single, 'newchain'; a song which the duo described as, "…peter hook's bass lines shacked up with the reid brothers' signature guitar sound." alan cross (legendary CFNY dj and host of universally syndicated 'history of new music') placed TVG at #1 on his weekly countdown and called the single and respective video, "catchy, charismatic and cool."
J&R headed out on the road again in spring 2010, including 4 showcases at SXSW. their spring tour snowballed with such success that the duo stayed on tour until the end of september (spanning 7 months and over 100 shows in over 40 states). TVG also self-released their debut full-length album, Love's Sweet Exile, on July 13th, 2010, along with the single, 'end of the world' which featured a fully animated music video directed by up and coming visual artist, xack gibson. the fall of 2010 has seen a self-release of the song, 'things you said' originally by depeche mode. the song was released alongside a music video, produced entirely by J&R. it has received outstanding reviews, including a nod from former depeche mode keyboard player/producer, alan wilder. upcoming plans for TVG are a release of a third single from Love's Sweet Exile, 'friends aren't friends' as well as a second video directed by xack gibson. the single's release will coincide with the debut of the VICIOUS GUNS' first DVD, featuring music videos, live footage, candid home movies, and interviews.
The VICIOUS GUNS will return to the road in spring 2011… north american dates will be announced in the very near future.