Interview and Review: The Vryll Society

If you haven’t heard of The Vryll Society, Liverpool’s finest new offering to the UK, you will have soon. After a slew of glowing festival reviews over the summer, they’ve embarked on their first main headline tour promoting their new album ‘Pangea’ which is due for public release from Deltasonic records on October 26th. Our resident Liverpudlian, (if you didn’t already know, but you probably did) Erin, caught up with them before watching their show at Clwb Ifor Bach. 

Hello, boys! Nice of you to come to Cardiff again, the last time you were here you were supporting Blossoms in the same venue. What does it feel like to be on your own headline tour this time around?

  • It’s really nice to be the main attraction this time to be honest! Last time we were sat where Psyence (the bands support for tonight) are now and Blossoms were being interviewed, and next time it’ll be Psyence that are getting interviewed while their support watch on, as a band we always want to be the main attraction really, it’s just natural jealousy!  
  • It’s boss to get the airtime and recognition that we have always wanted. We don’t see much of the hype people talk about surrounding us as it’s all online, we’ve worked dead hard for all the good comments and I think for the work we’ve put in we deserve it!
  • I’d hate for it to be an inflated economy which ‘hype’ sometimes can turn out to be, we’ve grafted and it’s paid off.

What do you make of Cardiff then?

    • Cardiff, it’s boss yeah.
    • Good kebab shop on Chippy lane, got grease on me pants though.
    • Nice castle, from the outside. We love a bit of sightseeing on tour, went to Stratford Upon Avon the other day too.
    • Yeah, Lloyd walked round in slippers and tracky bottoms in the poshest place ever where literary geniuses are born, as you do.

Must have been the comfort of the slippers, then. You got some amazing reviews from your festival appearances this summer, which was your favourite one to play?

  • Definitely End Of The Road by far. We went on about midday, and it all kicked off the day before, it was a funny, funny time.
  • We expected no one to be around while we were on stage like considering the time slot, but there was a 2000 strong mob listening to us dead intently and it was amazing. That’s probably because it’s a proper music festival, people have gone to it with the intention of listening to the music and that’s it. If we weren’t playing we’d have still been in our tent at that time so fair play to the boss crowd.
  • We got lovely writeups from local Liverpool media, which is great and is bound to happen really, they’re closer to our sound and we hope it’ll travel to a national level over time, to be exposed on a bigger level too would be boss.
  • Small, intimate gigs have their place, but put us on a big stage and we lap it up, bloody love it.

Your sound is definitely all-encompassing, not exactly a quiet acoustic act you can sip your cider to – do you think being signed to Deltasonic has changed your sound at all, or has it just increased your confidence in delivering the sound you know you have?

  • They definitely worked us hard because they can see what we can see in our music – they get what we’re about. Our EP is definitely the best of what we are right now and it’s largely down to them.
  • Being with them and working dead hard has paid off big time, they’ve supported us for ages and it’s slightly changed our sound, yeah. We play for longer now, just jamming with each other.
  • That definitely makes our sound way more interesting and intricate and we love it.
  • It’s so easy, us doing what we love, and Deltasonic have a big part to play in that. We know what’s best for our band like a baby, we know what we want to do with it. Deltasonic have made us more refined, intricate and yet expansive than before. We’re definitely a music lovers band, the audience want the vinyl and want the t-shirts, we love it because they’re so into our music, there’s no ‘trendiness’ going on and no teenage girls.
  • We’re just doing what we want to do and love seeing how other people respond to it.

Talking of responses, what are your hopes for the EP when it’s released later this month?

  • The first track we released from it, ‘Air has had a boss response already which we’re made up with, everyone who’s come into contact with it has loved it so far, it’s done it’s job.

From my personal first listen I bloody love it, one of those that you need to listen to in your room on your own and then see the transition to the live version straight away with a big group of mates.

  • Definitely. The plan of action was to make it so good that it was unavoidable. Anyone who listens to it has to hold their hands up and say ‘that’s bloody amazing.’
  • We wouldn’t have let the EP go out unless we thought it was ready. Obviously there were differing opinions and we changed some things round a bit but I think it’s as perfect as possible at the minute. We’re 50% of our potential in the studio right now, and that’s going to take time to improve, but we are buzzing to get our stuff out there.
  • If we had a bottomless pit of money it would be different of course, like we would have access to the studio equipment like synths & stuff in our live shows, but for where we are now it sounds like us and it’s near perfect from our point of view.

“The plan of action was to make it so good that it was unavoidable. Anyone who listens to it has to hold their hands up and say ‘that’s bloody amazing.”

In terms of your current tour, what places were you most excited about playing in?

  • Definitely The Kazimier in Liverpool before it closes, because it’s our home town and all our mates can be there. It’ll go off.
  • Scotland’s always a mad crowd as well, and London gets all the music lovers down who we love playing to. Mind you, there’s been a few surprises already – we didn’t expect so many people to come down to Birmingham last night and see us and we loved it.

Lastly – if you were playing a DJ set to Cardiff students, what would get everyone up, and what advice would you drunkenly shout at them in the smoking area?

  • Dancing in the Moonlight, Toploader. Classic.
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
  • The Bee Gees – Night Fever
  • Grease is the word
  • We’ve got a full DJ set going here, we’d smash it.
  • In terms of student advice, stop the Where’s Wally fancy dress shit. And the pub golf. And being so loud.
  • If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it.
  • Bloody hell this is an etiquette lesson now. Tip bartenders, though, and they’ll love you.
  • Oh and stop being so loud.
The bands EP due out 26th October
The bands EP due out 26th October

The boys, who all met in school/from being in various Liverpool bands, then played downstairs in Clwb. They followed Psyence on stage, a band from Stoke who have an impressive stock of gigs behind them. They’ve supported the likes of Tea Street Band and The Charlatans, and now ahead of their single You & I (out 23rd October) they’re doing a few shows around the UK. Evidently a close knit set up, on stage their earworm worthy melodies descend into messy, substantial guitar solos, managing to break the awkward ice of the small crowd gathered to see them by their last (and most impressive) track, Chemicals for Breakfast.

The Vryll Society’s set was transcendental, playing tracks from their soon to be released EP to an underwhelmingly small crowd with dynamic lifts provided by guitars and lustrous vocals floating above. Swapping audience interaction for glittering guitar riffs throughout. They delivered standout track ‘Air’ with the intricate guitar work required, astounding all 40 of the dedicated audience. The band’s love and interest clearly comes across, dedicating themselves fully to their music on stage to make it expansive yet intricate, a sheer joy to experience.

Definitely a band to watch out for on their rise to bigger national fame, hopefully on their return to Cardiff they’ll get the much bigger crowd they deserve.