NEW TUNES Vickers Vimy wrote, arranged, engineered, recorded and produced their new album ‘Atlas Of Hearts’ themselves.
Mayo band Vickers Vimy are releasing their second album ‘Atlas Of Hearts’ on March 29 in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Compositionally, it’s their most ambitious recording to date.
This is an album inspired by a landscape of rich imagery that prompted the songwriters to delve into the past, retrace their own steps, dance with the present and wistfully search for their place in the passage of time.
Vickers Vimy (a name inspired by the historic Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy in 1919) seek to ‘map the coordinates of the heart and the imprints of family’ in a collection of songs about love, cynicism, fear and loss.
Working on their own tail winds, the band wrote, arranged, engineered, recorded and produced the album themselves in a home studio that houses an aged stove, a wisecracking upright piano and the remnants of two years’ hard work. The whole album breathes of life experience.
Vickers Vimy craft songs that dwell on the borders of folk and Americana. Rich eclectic sounds anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings.
For their latest album, they collaborated with Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames and Swell Season) and had the pleasure of recording in the studio of Nick Seymour (Crowded House). In the past, Vickers Vimy had the amazing fortune to support the late John Martyn, as well as The Hothouse Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy and Mundy. They also have shared the RTÉ Music Train with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Damien Dempsey, Kodaline, Lisa O’Neill and Jack L.
Produced by Daragh O’Toole and mixed by Ger McDonnell, debut album ‘That Vinyl Scratch, Vol 1’ was released in 2013 and garnered rave reviews, and the first two singles ‘Devil on your Back’ and ‘Days are Getting Better’ were both playlisted by RTÉ Radio 1, with a live appearance on The Pat Kenny Show.
Vickers Vimy’s sound has been described by Hotpress as ‘gloriously timeless’ with ‘woozing, drifting songcraft that is instantly palpable’, while Golden Plec has heaped praise on the band’s songwriting and arrangements, saying they’re ‘of such great quality that no moment lacks in brilliance’.
The first single from ‘Atlas of Hearts’ is ‘Keep Your Eye on The Road’. A bittersweet song of friendship and loss, it features a heartfelt vocal harmony evoking the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album ‘Raising Sand’.
The band is comprised of Ed Drea (vocals and acoustic guitar), Fintan Hanley (electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonies), Eamonn Mulderring (drums, percussion, piano, accordion, midi, harmonies) and Ciarán Byrne (bass, guitars).
For more on Vickers Vimy, see www.vickersvimy.ie, or follow them on Facebook. For tickets O(€14/€12) to the Castlebar gig, call (094) 902 3733 or buy online at www.thelinenhall.com.