LAURA VANE & THE VIPERTONES
Drawn together from both sides of the North Sea, Laura Vane & The Vipertones are a new (although most likely already familiar) group consisting of musicians from various Dutch & UK projects, pooling their respective skills together for this remarkably traditional funk & soul mission. From Holland (Dordrecht near Rotterdam) Phil Martin & Ton van der Kolk (AIFF, Soul Snatchers, Jazzinvaders, Unique Records) provide instrumental elegance and have obvious talent for developing the grooves and beats fired over the internet from the relentless Jonathan Radford (Diesler/Burnley near Manchester, UK). Finally the music, in its rawest form, resides temporarily with Laura Vane (Miss honey-over-sandpaper tones/Brighton, UK) who locks herself away from the modern world to work on the sweet vocals and inspired lyrics.
With their successful first 7” release ‘Steam’ and debut single ‘Am I Dreaming?’ already sending ripples through the European funk & soul community in early 2009, Laura Vane and The Vipertones debut album has now exploded with a big bang on the scene! Adding to that the success of the ‘Roof Off Remixes EP’, which came out late summer 2009, they are treading the same path as many respected artists and groups before them. Playing intimate half-lit hot-spots in the hearts of many cities, to crowds of thousands at festivals, this band is ready!
Their remarkable introductory album has dance-floor funk and steamy soul tunes, and delivers honest and passionate songs. The album is retro and contemporary in equal measure, which keeps the sound fresh and exciting. Support for this new band has come from all angles, from online bloggers and music forums all across Europe. From the Netherlands Radio 6 and respected dj’s like Giel Beelen and Gerard Ekdom, to BBC Radio dj’s such as Jonathan Ross, Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles in the UK. With continued support across the globe on radio and television, Laura Vane & The Vipertones are quickly becoming a seriously infectious sound and one of the must see’s for 2010.
Laura and the band are gathering an unstoppable momentum with a handful of choice gigs such as iJazz in Amsterdam, Moods in Zurich, The Unique Soul Weekender in Cologne and most recently they played to their biggest audience at WOMAD festival in Las Palmas, which was covered by the international press and a huge success. The band have many live dates throughout 2010 and are keen to keep releasing quality material in order to satisfy what is already becoming a very loyal and powerful fan base.
Laura Vane & The Vipertones are also currently working on some remixes, throwing a net over key players in the scene and pulling them closer for new and individual takes on their songs. The Part Time Heroes, Diesler, AIFF and Drawbar are all part of the ‘remix family’ with a contribution from Herbaliser to add.
• Frank Montis (organ)
• Rolf Delfos (alto sax)
• Peter Broekhuizen (baritone sax)
• Cees Trappenburg (trumpet)
• Rob Geboers (keys)
• Eric van Dijsseldonk (guitar)
• Simone Roerade (backing vox)
• Katie Holmes (backing vox)