Band of the Day: Vulture Vibe

What better way to start your Sunday than by checking out some Danish rock ‘n’ roll? As luck would have it…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are from Aarhus, Denmark!

How did you meet?

We were part of the same music scene in Aarhus but played in different bands and constellations. We became good friends, and once our previous bands were breaking up, we decided to form Vulture Vibe.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We have been playing since early 2016! Our first single “Temptation” was released in December 2016.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Band names are always difficult! – The name Vulture Vibe came up when we were brainstorming on various ideas, and it seemed to represent our band visually speaking and informing the sound as well. The imagery of a vulture, circulating in the sky, around its prey, was a great reflection of an intense feeling that run in parallel with what we are trying to achieve with our sound. Constant intensity and suspense, not knowing what comes next.  

What are your influences?

We all come from various musical places that inform our sound, whether it be blues, jazz, soul or folk music, but of course – playing rock’n’roll we are certainly a part of a lineage and have a mutual love for all the classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Beatles as well as more contemporary rock’n’roll like Rival Sons, Temperance Movement and Wolfmother. 

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Our music is very dynamic, meaning that we are a rock’n’roll band with heavy riffs and an aggressive style, and yet we can shift gears in an instant by playing beautiful, melodic and atmospheric passages, giving our sound a sense of danger because you don’t know what’s coming around the corner. So, there is a certain “Scandinavian” melancholic feeling running through our music. We choose not to sing about the usual “drinking and partying” themes, that you often see in the genre, (which can be great though!) But instead try and give our version of rock’n’roll a bit more depth and emotion, even in our most upbeat songs. 

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

The lyrics tends to lean towards darker themes. Often reflecting the themes of American 1920s delta blues music like despair and loneliness along with biblical references. But just like our sound can shift its mood in an instant, our lyrical content will at times offer small glimpses of hope and redemption, usually to be questioned by darkness again. 

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

It’s a Rock’n’roll show! its loud, intense and heavy! But our secret weapon is how we use silence and let the audience immerse themselves in the storytelling. It´s a great contrast to the huge wall of sound, letting the music breathe a bit. We like to stretch out the songs and improvise as well, making certain parts a little longer, which is a rewarding challenge both for the audience and ourselves. We have played a good amount of shows, but we want more! Right now, we are on a summer/fall tour in Denmark and next year we are planning to tour Germany in February – Can´t wait!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

As an audience we´ve seen the classic stuff like moshpits, fights breaking out and stagediving! As a band, the wildest thing is yet to come, – but we always enjoy when people are singing along, dancing and cheering us on. Just the fact when people are listening, it’s an amazing experience.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Mads plays a Custom made “Jakobsen” bass, which is something between a P-bass and Jazz-style bass, running it through an ashdown amp and 8×10 cabinet.

Alex plays a Gibson SG Special, Epiphone LP 55´ Custom, Fender Jazzmaster trough a stereo set up in Fender Deville and Bugera amp and a shit load of pedals. 

Kasper plays a Premier Genista drumkit with a mix of Paiste and Avantgarde Cymbals

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Right now, we are promoting our new single “Darkness” featuring the great Todd Ögren Brooks from Rival Sons on keys! He did some great work on the song and was just a gentleman helping us out and giving us advice. The music video was shot out in the melancholic Scandinavian nature by Noisefilm: Paw Friis and Nick Dehn – they did an amazing job as well! “Darkness” was recorded by our friend, producer and musical mentor Nicklas Sonne at Sonne Studios in Copenhagen. He is the frontman of the great Danish metal band “Defecto”, and we´ve done all our recordings with him, as he really helped shape our sound from early on, influencing our sound, coming from the metal scene, giving us a modern feel and production. 

What are your plans for 2019?

We are in the early stages of our late Summer/Fall tour in Denmark, which will go on through the rest of the year! We can’t wait to play some shows and get out in front of an audience! 

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Any of the big rock’n’roll bands that are still out there touring really, would be amazing to support! Other than that, since we got Todd Ögren Brooks on one of our songs, it would be pretty great to support Rival Sons and call him out for a jam with us! As far as an opening act, we have a lot of great colleagues we would love for people to hear and know about. Danish acts like Ral . and Tainted Lady, whom we´ve been doing shows with, surely deserves attention!

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