Liverpool-based record label Deltasonic is renowned for nurturing bands like The Coral and The Zutons to widespread success in the past. But it’s been a while since they’ve stumbled upon anything quite as formidable or musically versatile as The Vryll Society. Over the last year, the five-piece have been gaining traction on the live circuit with memorable appearances at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and End Of The Road, as well joining the likes of Blossoms and the late Viola Beach on tour.
After being tipped for big things by the bigwigs over at BBC Radio 1 and 6Music, the band are set to introduce their astral psych-rock music to an American crowd at this year’s SXSW Festival for a BBC introducing showcase.
It was the band’s debut track “Deep Blue Skies” that caught the eye of most and encapsulated The Vryll Society’s vast repertoire of sounds in one bright nugget of cosmic rock. They’re a band very much indebted to the halcyon days of Merseybeat, adding a substantial sprinkling of playful 60s psychedelia and krautrock for good measure. Latest single "Sacred Flight" continues to flaunt effect-laden guitars, contorted into mystical jets of sound, with a firm grasp on the hallucinogenic characteristics of their retro influences.
Described by the band themselves as “A motoric journey into cosmic space jolting atoms of sound from one galaxy to another before finally exploding into a jewel box of guitar frenzied litany”, you begin to get an idea of how the band envision their slick and other-worldly musical creations.
There will no doubt be an album in the works in the coming year, so keep your third eye peeled (see what I did there?). If you’re after a comparison, think Temples with less of the dress-up gimmick and more of the delving into the darkened corners of a dusty vinyl collection.