Friday 7 December 2012

Vigo Thieves - 2012 review

2012 has been an epic year for Vigo Thieves and in turn a thoroughly enjoyable one for me.

They have taken DIY to a new level thanks to a combination of hard work, creativity, innovation, exceptional songs and their motto #believe.

Highlights? Well there have been many, but watching the band pack out the BBC Introducing Tent at T in the Park and turn in an epic performance that got the place bouncing is probably the one that stands out most. Check out this brilliant fan footage that really captures the atmosphere.

The band have made a video review of the year taking in fan photos and videos alongside their own. Check it out and some of their achievements are noted below. Come along for the ride in 2013.


Vigo Thieves formed in 2009 and are from Wishaw, a satellite town rich in industrial history, 20-miles outside of Glasgow yet a world away. Starting a monthly club night, Shook To The Bones, gave the band a chance to develop their sound and fanbase, as well as an opportunity to put on bands from around Scotland that led to gig swaps in cities and towns across the country.

Stevie Jukes (vox/guitar), Barry Cowan (guitar/vox), Gordon Phipps (bass) and Al Jukes (drums) combine to produce epic songs that are fit for stadiums and festivals. There are echoes of band favourites like New Order, Simple Minds and U2; driven beats, explosive synthesisers and soaring emotionally charged vocals with lyrics that can be sung from the heart and soul.

Key achievements in 2012
·         Packing out the BBC Introducing Tent at T in the Park (see fan footage above)
·         sell-out shows in Glasgow, the last one at the Art School sold out 6-weeks in advance. Review
·         ‘Heartbeats’ being used to soundtrack the T in the Park announcement film
·         ‘Heartbeats’ was the opening track on the GoNorth CD distributed in Music Week
·         Vigo Thieves have received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, Clyde 1 and more

Future plans
The release of the 'Heart & Soul Pt II' EP in February followed by live dates including launch parties at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on 8th and 9th February.

The following live dates are currently confirmed with more to be announced in the near future.

08/02 & 09/02/13 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

23/02/13 - Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh

Media highlights
"A huge piece of indie rock, I can imagine hearing that at T In The Park!” Ally McCrae BBC Radio 1 

“Their brand of big upbeat rock is Simple Minds with an edge of Glasvegas A fantastic band shooting for commercial glory with an arsenal to make it.” - The Daily Record

“Really emotional, heart felt and anthemic. Epic rock fit for stadiums” Vic Galloway – BBC RADIO 1 

“A start-stop motion heart pounder!” NME

“Young pretenders to Simple Minds throne.” Jim Gellatly – Clyde 1 IN:Demand/Amazing Radio

“If you want modern guitars with an electronic edge but the soul of Springsteen, here comes your band.”

"This is a band built for the big stage. This is emotionally charged stuff – blending muscular beats and anthemic sensibilities with soaring, Bono-aping vocals and a euphoric synth-soaked arrangement. If you like U2 at their most epic, you’ll love this." This Feeling

"No one should be able to create a sound this huge in a venue this small. They’ve taken elements from U2, Simple Minds, and New Order and blended them in a way that you can immediately recognize the influence, but are still swept away, and excited even, by the fresh direction Vigo Thieves have taken the sound." The Vinyl District

You’re looking for a love to heal the pain from all the scars
So just live for the moment and you’ll shine like the stars
With your Heart and Soul
Vigo Thieves 2012

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