There aren’t many things better than discovering a new artist whose music you instantly connect with. Whether they’re touring the nation making their name or supporting big acts globally, we’re here to put a spotlight on the musically-gifted people with a bright future ahead of them. This week, we’re introducing you to dream-pop quartet, Victors
For Fans Of: LANY, flor, Fickle Friends
Essential Listening: ‘Craving’, ‘Tonight’, ‘I’ve Been Missing You’
Yorkshire has long been delivering some of the country’s greatest live bands, from Arctic Monkeys to The Cribs, to name a few and it looks like there’s no slowing down yet as electronic-pop quartet, VICTORS, are causing a stir across the scene. Having already supported King No-One and shared a stage with fellow Leeds locals, Kaiser Chiefs, the band have been rising up the ranks for the last few years and are now ready to take London by storm as they play their biggest headline show to date in the city at O2 Academy Islington.
Initially coming together in 2015 when lead singer Harry came across guitar player, Simon through the treacherous world of online ads, VICTORS emerged early the following year after bassist Dom was recruited in the same way along with drummer Leon, who jumped on board a little later to complete the line-up. Thankfully, going down the risky route of online band-making led to a match made in musical heaven and the quartet wasted no time in recording and releasing their first single ‘Tonight’, produced by Andy Hawkins, who has previously worked with the likes of The Damned and The Pigeon Detectives. Their next two singles ‘Two Hearts’ and ‘Feel’ along with debut EP, Wish You Were Her, quickly followed suit in the same year and the band’s career began to kick off. From spins on BBC Radio 1, ITV’s This Morning and Hollyoaks, to being playlisted across Spotify and in Topshop stores nationwide, VICTORS were steadily building up an army of eager fans in the UK, but it was when their tracks were played at NFL games in the States that they really began to go global, with a huge loyal American fan base that remains strong to this day.
However, cracking the American market isn’t the only highlight of this dream-pop band’s career so far, having spent much of their time as a band perfecting their live craft, they followed in the footsteps of Tom Walker and Izzy Bizu when they embarked on the renowned Coffee House Sessions tour, taking them to 20 student unions up and down the country in 2018. This was soon succeeded by a very special set at the Leeds Christmas Lights switch on, which saw the group play to their biggest audience ever, a home crowd of 20,000 fans. 2019 was just as busy for the quartet too as they signed to London-based label CloseUp, released three new singles, toured around the country and even played the main stage at Pride Cymru’s Biggest Weekend in Cardiff. It looks like there's no slowing down for VICTORS this year either as they have kicked off 2020 with a stripped back version of their single 'Craving', released just last week.
When it comes to the music, VICTORS have cited Prince and Two Door Cinema Club as a couple of their influences, whilst also stating that they grew up listening to everything from classic rock to jazz, so it’s not hard to see how their music has resulted in a dreamy fusion of pop, indie and electronic. However, it’s the 80’s vibe radiating throughout their tracks that really makes them stand above the rest, giving rise to the kind of tunes that will take you seamlessly from daydreaming to dancefloor.
With the band’s sound ever evolving as they continue to release more music, their army of fans also continues to grow, waiting with eager anticipation at every new release and show. Not only will their O2 Academy Islington show be the band’s biggest headline show to date, but they will also be joined by fellow electronic dream-pop band from Leeds, Luna Pines, who have garnered praise from the likes of Clash and BBC Introducing. Completing the line up on the night will be Irish pop singer Rebekah Fitch whose powerful vocals and flute playing are capturing audiences everywhere. So don’t miss out, get your tickets now!
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