After a celebrated career spanning almost two decades, Violent Soho today announce they are taking an indefinite hiatus. Coupled with this news and in a ‘see you later’ gift for fans, the band also share new single ‘Kamikaze’ and announce their final live performance for a while, a hometown show at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on Saturday 10th September.
“After nearly 20 years in Violent Soho we’ve experienced so much as a band – It’s been incredible and life-defining. We feel so grateful to have experienced the journey and to all the people that have believed in our music and shown so much support. However, the last couple of years have been challenging and as individuals we’ve found ourselves in different places, so we’ve decided to lay low for a few years. This isn’t the end of the band, but we are looking forward to giving ourselves some space, focusing on our families, and giving back to the community which fostered and carried us. We’ll see you around Brissie and catch you at a gig some point in the future!”
From Mansfield with love, Violent Soho
Explosive new single ‘Kamikaze’ is everything we’ve come to know and love from the Brisbane four-piece; its heavy, restless, and dripping in existential angst. Featuring an orchestra of guitars and Luke Boerdam’s signature twangy vocals, the track poses the question; “What you waiting for?”. The song’s finale is an unanswered question in itself, petering off into an almost Phoebe Bridgers-esque instrumental swell, leaving us with an echo of acoustic feedback that lingers before fading away.
Violent Soho are an intrinsic part of the fabric of the Australian music scene, working tirelessly over almost twenty years to build a community of like-minded music lovers, achieve ARIA #1 accreditations and awards, and sell out adrenaline-packed headline show after headline show. You’d be hard pressed to be at a live music event or festival in Australia over the last 10 years and not see someone proudly sporting a Violent Soho tee.
Signing to Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth’s record label, Ecstatic Peace! in 2009, the band recorded their self-titled album with producer Gil Norton and relocated to the United States with their families. Touring relentlessly throughout North America with artists such as Dinosaur Jr, The Bronx, and Alice in Chains, they returned to Australia in early 2012 after giving breaking the US market a commendably decent crack. Not ones to be deterred, Soho kept doing what they do best and quickly gained the attention of I OH YOU Records who signed them to the label late that same year.
That same year, they recorded and released ARIA Gold-accredited Hungry Ghost, which propelled them into the hearts and stereos of many around the world. The album quickly became a cult classic, soundtracking skate videos and house parties across the country, and leading to Soho’s first mainstage performance at Splendour in the Grass in 2014 -an iconic moment for the band and fans alike.
Working their way up from countless shows in sweaty band rooms, to a massive sold-out headline show at Brisbane’s Riverstage, following the release of Gold-accredited and ARIA #1 album WACO earlier that year, the band always made a point of doing their own thing – catching the 180 bus from their beloved home suburb of Mansfield in Brisbane to the gig, and the roar of over 9,000 exuberant fans.
The accolades flowed from there – the band won two ARIA Awards for ‘Best Rock Album’ and ‘Best Group’, took out the AIR Award for ‘Best Hard Rock, Metal or Punk Album’ and single 2020 brought the band’s second ARIA #1 debut – Everything Is A-OK, – which garnered momentous success: 3 x ARIA nomination for Best Rock Album, Engineer of the Year (for Greg Wales) and Best Cover Art (for Luke Henery).
Violent Soho will take to the amphitheatre stage at Splendour In The Grass 2022 once again next weekend, for what is no doubt going to be an incredibly special set and follows their two stand-out past performances on the Splendour stage.
Although their Fortitude Music Hall show in September will be the last chance to see the guys play for a while, rest assured this isn’t goodbye forever to our beloved 4122 legends – it’s just ‘until next time’.