We are inordinately proud to be able to premiere the brilliant new single ‘Rushing Bull’, with video, from Sydney supergroup Victoria. The single is out tomorrow through legendary producer Wayne Connolly’s label Scenic Drive Records.
‘Rushing Bull’ is a rambunctious angular slice of indie pop, leavened by a melancholy delivery as the guitars hop, skip and jump underneath. It is bolstered by an euphoric chorus with glorious harmonies that positively ring out across the sunburned skies of the antipodean landscapes. With every single release so far being a sparkling jewel, this band is phenomenal; crafting deliciously sculptured indie pop songs that are instant classics.
There is a perfect mix of a New York post punk vibe (think Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, early Talking Heads) and an antipodean raw veracity (think The Go-Betweens, The Apartments, The Chills or The Bats), shaken together and creating a transfixing cocktail that shimmers and sparkles like the stars over the outback desert.
The song reflects Emerson-Elliott latent fan-longing for actor/comedian Janeane Garofalo. Dedicated to impossible crushes everywhere, Emerson-Elliott says:
When I was a teenager, Cameron says, I watched The Truth About Cats & Dogs one family movie night and developed a crush on Janeane Garofalo. She is the best.
As always, muses can encourage the greatest of art, and ‘Rushing Bull’ is no exception. The accompanying video is a series of clips from a nineties video created from VHS footage of Emerson-Elliott’s share house at that time – a charming series of shambolic vignettes that captures the innocence and poignancy of the track:
‘Rushing Bull’ is available everywhere tomorrow and only serves to heighten anticipation for Victoria’s debut album, fittingly entitled ‘Treat’, out on Friday, 24 November 2023. You can pre-order the album through the link below.
Victoria will also be hitting the live circuit in December – details as follows:
Friday, 8 December at Factory Theatre Marrickville supporting Ratcat and
Album launch on Sunday, 10 December at the Union Hotel Newtown.
I’m checking flight details already.
Victoria is a project from long-time friends Cameron Emerson-Elliott (Youth Group), Alison Galloway (Smudge), Patrick Matthews (The Vines, Youth Group) and Max Doyle (Songs). A veritable supergroup indeed and another fine example of The Marrickville Sound – second or third time around musicians from successful bands in the eighties and nineties creating wonderful music. Creativity has no use-by date.