Sitting Ducks is the new 4 track EP from Macclesfield rockers, The Virginmarys. It will be released independently on the 22nd of September. The Virginmarys are Ally Dickaty and Danny Dolan. Ally is the vocalist and guitarist and Danny is the drummer.
The Virginmarys have been making waves in the music scene since their 2013 debut, King of Conflict. King of Conflict received widespread acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and USA Today. They followed that up with the critically acclaimed Divides in 2016. Divides received acclaim from, well, pretty much everywhere. Clash Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and even the Wall Street Journal held it in seriously high esteem along with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify.
This upward trend saw the band out on the road gaining experience and thrilling crowds in support of band’s like Queens of the Stone Age, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Eagles of Deathmetal and Crobot. It also saw them play at a load of major festivals including Reading & Leeds, Download Fest, Sonisphere and the Isle of Wight Festival.
The band decided to self release this to connect further with their fans, as frontman Ally stated – “We’ve always been hard to pigeon hole and we thank our fans time and again for letting us be ourselves so we can grow together. We have an army of incredibly dedicated fans and our lives shows have become all the more special for it. In these unpredictable times, we want to be part of the answer and put something true into the world.”
The EP opens with pure groove with the intro to the title track. A thick bassy line and infectious drum beat instantly make you sit up and take notice. Heavier guitar flourishes end each section before Ally Dickaty’s smooth vocals come in. He has a seriously strong voice, switching between silky smooth to raw and throaty when called for. As the bluesy song builds into a chorus, Danny Dolan’s drums rip into life. Mixed with a neat, melodic riff the music is infectious and the gruffer vocals just elevate the chorus to a thing of beauty.
You can check out one track, Sweet Loretta, at the band’s YouTube page here. Sitting Ducks is available to preorder now through the band’s website and also through Pledge Music. Check the band out on Facebook and Twitter for more information them. Be sure to like and follow them while you are there. You can also pick up more from The Virginmarys at the link below.
Sitting Ducks by The Virginmarys (Self Released)
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