The Bolsheviks (also sometimes known as The Viks) have been together for a few years now and have played with the likes of The Anti-Nowhere League, The UK Subs, The Damned, 999, etc. hence there are punk leanings. However due to the broad mix of influences brought from the individual members of the band this has produced a unique sound of their own. Is it punk, is it rock, is it experimental? It’s hard to categorise the band in terms of genre, hence they appeal to a wider audience. The Bolsheviks use four sets of vocals which gives a strong live performance.
They have been a huge inspiration to many young bands in the South West over the years and have always supported and encouraged younger bands in what they are doing.
The Viks are;
Bobby Prozac (lead guitar/vocs) – Bob has had a colourful past. Ex member of old Bristol favourite ‘Misdemeanour’ who at the height of their popularity toured with U2 and The Boomtown Rats and were managed by U2’s tour manager. Bob provides the cutting edge to The Bolsheviks.
Paul LUX (front man/lead vocs) – Unless you see this guy live it is very hard to explain as he is very unpredictable, flamboyant and sometimes outrageous. He has in the past been described as a black Iggy Pop. Luxy was a former member of LUX who had TV appearances, appeared at Ashton Court twice and were very popular throughout the South West.
Louie (guitar/vocs) – Louie was from the notorious punk band The Rout who thrashed it out when punk was at its best playing the likes of the Moon Club, the Beirkeller, the Tropic Club and many other underground venues. Some projects he undertook he would prefer not to mention. The Rout has contributed to various compilations. Louie has also been responsible for promoting the punk scene in Bristol for the last 10 years and giving the younger bands an opportunity to get their music heard. Louie plays no fuss, no affects guitar straight through a Vox AC30.
Austin Texas – (drums) – Aust played in The Rout with Louie and the infamous Danny the Pig Router. Austin’s influences are Rat Scabies, Keith Moon to give you some idea of his style. His input doesn’t just stop at the drums, although he doesn’t sing he also likes to work with vocal ideas.
Lee Williams (bass/vocs) – the youngest member of the band was originally influenced by The Rout which made him pick up his first bass guitar. Lee holds nothing back on performance. His sound has been compared to JJ Burnell of The Stranglers and must be the envy of many a band.
Through Andre of 'Maninblack' NYC and Gary Bushell (who have both been a great support and inspiration to the band) The Bolsheviks were asked to contribute a track to a tribute album to the '4-Skins' ‘The Good, The Bad & The 4-Skins’ (Workers United Records – NYC).
The Viks forthcoming CD was recorded at Whitehouse Studios in Kewstoke, Weston Super Mare as the band opted for tape format rather than digital to keep the sound as honest as possible.
On the strength of the new album ‘Nuclear Dogs’ The Viks have signed to Cultjam Records. ‘Nuclear Dogs’ will be out 19th July 2006 on Cultjam Records and will be initially distributed in Europe and the Americas. It will be available in the UK at HMV, Virgin, Tesco, Interpunk, CD Baby, shoponline, Amazon, online (i.e. Itunes) etc. The CD will also be distributed in American territories linked to the label such as CDBaby, Interpunk, Tower Records and Headline LA, USA.
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