Violent Soho to Bendigo: Bring it

VIOLENT Soho is hoping Bendigo can bring it when it tours with Groovin the Moo in May. 

The heavy rockers, recently finding heightened fame with their hit Covered in Chrome, will headline the regional festival this year. 

With 10 years' experience bringing their '90s rock sound to Australian stages, lead singer Luke Boerdam says festivals were always a highlight for the band. 

They will rock up to Bendigo with two huge Marshall amps and "hope for the best". 

"I remember as a boy going to gigs and there was literally dust coming from the ground and it's refreshing to see kids connecting to our music like we used to," he said.

"We're not like an electronica band with lots of equipment - we have two huge amps and lots of heavy guitars. 

"We're just hoping for a really good mosh pit and these stages are huge so hopefully Bendigo can bring it."

Their third album Hungry Ghost was recorded in a dingy Brisbane shed, inspiring what they've described as a "kick-arse album". 

The single Covered in Chrome charted in the top 20 of this year’s Triple J Hottest 100.

But it hasn't changed how the band already felt about the album. 

"We've been a band for almost 10 years and ticked a lot of boxes and done a lot of work in that time," Boerdam said. 

"Ultimately we want to make records that we want to listen to and we set our expectations pretty high. 

"We're happy to have gone so well in the Hottest 100 but if it didn't happen, we'd still know the album kicks arse. 

"That means more to us. And the 20,000 fans on Facebook can disappear tomorrow - we'll still strive to make music we're proud of."

He said the band had branched out of the classic formula for the latest record and had tried different arrangements to see what worked. 

"After all these years we have so many ideas and it was great to vacuum it into a solid idea," he said. 

"The album could have been a disaster but we're really lucky it produced some cool stuff."

Boerdam said having six weeks to record Hungry Ghost had given them the chance to experiment and not be limited with time. 

"We didn't want to get all the drums and base down and be restricted to basic rhythm," he said. 

"I think it's paid off. People have connected with the record way more than we thought because you never know when you feature such heavy guitars. 

"It's been awesome to see the support come through and we're baffled as to where it comes from." 

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