About Violent Soho
Brisbane, Australia's Violent Soho revive the fuzzed-out rock of the early '90s, borrowing Weezer's crunchy guitars and Nirvana's distortion-coated hooks to create earworm-heavy slabs of stadium-filling pop-punk and modern rock.
Emerging in 2008, the band hit their stride with the release of their third full-length effort, Hungry Ghost, which was certified gold. They landed their first number one record in 2016 with the arrival of Waco, and topped the ARIA charts once again in 2020 with Everything Is A-OK.
Featuring guitarists/vocalists Luke Boerdam and James Tidswell, bassist Luke Henery, and drummer Michael Richards, the band formed in 2004, when the foursome were going to school together. After playing local shows for a while, they released their first EP, Pigs & TV, in 2006; the praise it drew allowed the band to tour Sydney and Melbourne. Violent Soho's debut album, We Don't Belong Here, arrived in 2008, the same year they played the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. The album received airplay on the band's hometown station 4ZZZ as well as the nationwide Triple J. It also reached the ears of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, who signed Violent Soho to his Ecstatic Peace label in 2009. The band reworked some tracks from We Don't Belong Here and added some new songs, resulting in their second album and U.S. debut, Violent Soho, which arrived in early 2009. In 2013, Violent Soho recorded their third album, Hungry Ghost, which found them moving on from their grunge influences; the album was released in September 2013, and in support, the group did plenty of touring and joined the lineup of Australia's traveling music festival Big Day Out. The album received a belated release in the United States in the fall of 2014. The following year, Violent Soho teamed up with Spraynard for a split single, and released the "Viceroy" single in early 2016 as a teaser for their fourth full-length, Waco, which was released later that year. The album soared to the top of the ARIA charts, and like its predecessor, was eventually certified gold. The band continued to fine-tune their sound on 2020's dynamic Everything Is A-OK, which became their second Australian number one record. ~ Heather Phares
ORIGINBrisbane, Queensland, Australia