Angels of Vice are a high-energy rock band from San Francisco consisting of Asil, Speed, Jig, Marckus and Xander. Despite working towards shooting their latest music video for “Manic Attack”, they kindly agreed to complete an interview for Song Revelation. Read on to discover the creative process for creating their signature sound, what famous bands they enjoy listening to and what they’re hoping to achieve in 2011. Also, make sure you check out some of their songs!
Q: So what do you do?
We love to entertain, play shows, drink, read Vitamin Water labels and go on tour. We love music for the way it makes us feel when we play it, perform it and listen to it. As cheesy at that sounds, it’s true!
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
High energy rock n’ roll that will flow through your veins ’til you wake up with a priapism and no recollection of what happened.
Q: What is your musical background?
Asil previously played drums in a band called “Paradise” which ended in about a year since she was kicked out for playing too loud. We call her the chick version of John Bonham. While playing in Paradise she met Jig, Marckus and Xander when sharing the stage in San Francisco. They came from “Sagaval”, a Filipino based band that had a name too hard to pronounce in English (Sah-Gah-Vol). They were going through their changes with their drummer and singer. Which leaves us to Speed. Speed was the last one of the band to join, who had just broke up with his own band “A Place To Call Home” and was looking for something a bit harder to play with…
Q: How was 2010 for you? 2010 was kind of our time to get to know one another and find our sound.
We all have crazy, different influences especially with 3 of us being from the Philippines. Most of us speak Tagalog as our first language and have to remind some of us constantly who don’t to keep the “Flip” language to a minimum. Especially where talking about music theory, but we have definitely improved as musicians and are super stoked to get this album finally off the ground.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
We all have different influences. Combined I’d (Asil) say Robert Goulet, Disney Soundtracks and Cats the musical.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Anyone that has passion that doesn’t bitch or complain. Anyone that never forgets where they came from.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Many artists we would love to tour with or write together, but don’t want to single anyone out…We’re very understanding about feelings.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Asil – Explosions in the Sky, Grinspoon, Deftones, The Roots, At The Drive In, Lady Gaga, Pretty Lights and The Judds.
Speed – Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Refused, Judas Priest, Motely Crue, Guns n’ Roses and Second Coming.
Marckus – Anything that has a tasty lick and Angels of Vice. Anything with distortion and a Floyd Rose
Xander – John Lennon, The Beatles, Seether and 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music
Jigman – 80’s and 90’s music
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
We generally decide when to write a new song in about 2 seconds and usually finish the basics of it in less than 3 practices. What happens most of the time is someone says “hey, I got this riff”, shows it, and we work out a melody. Then Marckus changes his lead about 40 times to get the perfect sound while Xander and Jigman create a solid background. Asil comes up with a beat and drive while Speed creates a melody and comes up with final lyrics RIGHT before we record. We all take part in the writing process. Everyone can play each other’s instruments so it makes it awesome when the drummer comes up with a song or the singer comes up with a good guitar lead.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
We work off the melody first, it’s gotta be catchy. BUT the lyrics have to be good. Speed writes great lyrics thank god, so no rhyming where it hurts. Just because a band has a good melody doesn’t mean their lyrics don’t suck !@#. There’s nothing worse than hearing a song that makes a million and then it follows with “Do you ever feel like a plastic bag”?
Q: Where are you based?
We are from all over the Bay Area. But based out of San Francisco. Our studio’s in Oakland.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
We love the diversity and the people. We have a lot of devoted fans and friends that come to every show and support us. It’s hard to play our type of genre since the Bay Area loves it’s Indie Pop. Our local radio stations play the same !@# over and over. It’s always the same songs from the same bands. I swear some of our influences are dead to us because our radio station kills great music.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We are currently in the studio right now recording our full length album with Scott Llamas at PopSmear Studios. Due to release in late June. We’re also getting ready to shoot a music video in a couple weeks for our song ‘Manic Attack” that was featured in a recent indie film. We have a radio interview coming up with “The Unbound Show” on FCC Free Radio on May 25th at 8pm. Annnddd we just signed a world wide distribution deal with JMD Distribution and music licensing with PlayUP Music out of Melbourne Australia.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Definitely finding our sound. We’re just now understanding how to be cohesive and really dial everything in correctly and professionally. We are just now getting hit with offers and deals, so I’d say the JMD deal. We also strip tease on the side and we make a lot ofconnections that way. 😉
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
We hope to set up a big tour, have a great response on our album and meet some good bands. We hope to find the right label, but we’re fond of keeping the rights to our songs.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We will be having an album release but will announce at a later date with more dates to follow.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Between all of our schedules there’s no time to relax, so we drink and socialize. We like to check out our competition and see how good or bad bands are these days.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
AOV’s full length album “All Good Things” is out in June. Stay updated by our website or our Facebook.
Editor’s Note: Angel of Vice’s high octane, commercial sound will leave everyone in a gig wanting more. We’re awaiting with much anticipation at Song Revelation their upcoming video and latest album, “All Good Things”. If they’re touring near you make sure you see them. Definitely one to watch!
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Angels of Vice, just follow the links below:
web page link: http://www.angelsofvice.com