Leeds Alt Rockers Vexxes have released their collection of mini-anthems that is debut EP ‘Common Ground’.
Going against the grain of the ‘safe route’ by continuing to pursue their musical aspirations in this new project, vocalist Tom Fieldhouse states that: “A lot of our lyrics address those internal and external conflicts. In fact, the entire EP is based around a ‘common ground’ of issues that everyone goes through at some point; there’s a linear theme that runs throughout every track that we feel people will relate to.”
Vexxes (completed by guitarist Max Oliver, drummer Shreedhan Vaidya and newly added bassist Sam Whittle) are giving their all to avoid getting stuck in the “hell of a daily grind”: “There’s just nothing better than playing live!” Tom exclaims; “Between us, we’ve played everything from large venues and concert halls, to squats and youth hostels around mainland Europe. The feeling you get when you see people singing your songs back to you is so amazing; it’s addictive. Also, who doesn’t want to be in a band, touring and playing every night?! We’re in a massive digital age of music, some people say it’s oversaturated and that live music is ‘dead’ – but we just think it’s really exciting!”
Boasting a penchant for big, driving tunes, Vexxes debut E.P ‘Common Ground’ is a collection of rousing anthems; solid guitar licks locked in tight with driving rhythms to create a platform for Tom’s soaring vocal melodies. “We like to think we sit nicely on a line between heavy alternative music, and a more pop based alt-rock, which most bands only really achieve one or the other of,” the vocalist opines; “We are influenced by all sorts of different bands, but the ‘common ground’ for us is definitely hooky, melodic anthems with subtle heavy elements. For all of us, it’s the first time we’ve been a part of something where we’re completely happy with what we’re actually producing. Previously there’s always been that little bit of wishfulness in the backs of our minds, eating away at us to be doing something better. We can’t wait for people to hear it.”