This past year the music scene in Malta has been surging with talented new acts, including Plato’s Dream Machine, KNTRL and nosnow/noalps. One band that’s undoubtedly left their mark, though, is The Violent Violets.
Having met at secondary school, Matthew Shields and Andre Farrugia did what any sensible teenage boys would, and should, do—they started a band. Needing a drummer, Farrugia brought in Samuel Xiberras and a bassist to round things off. Collectively, they formed a four-piece and immediately began writing and recording music together. Their time as a quartet, however, was short-lived, as the band became a trio with Xiberras on drums, Shields on lead-guitar and Farrugia assuming the role of bassist.
Drawing inspiration from The Cure, The Stranglers, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age, the trio began crafting their own sound, and after two years of hard work: They have given us TAME. The twelve-track album is the group’s fullest body of work to date, and as it happens, the record also their most sonically mature effort. From the dark echo of “Eat Majesty” to the snarling guitar riffs and pummeling drums on title track, “TAME,” these guys possess talent well beyond their years.
Although they haven’t played an extensive tour, the band have been fortunate enough to share the stage with high-profile acts such as Esben and the Witch, Tall Ships and Joe Gideon & the Shark. With plans to leave Malta’s shores next year, you can expect these boys to return more vicious and violent than ever before!