Photos by Steffen Paust
The Aarhus-based psych pop six-piece The Vice just dropped this undeniably pleasurable mindfuck of a second single called ‘Humanoid’ after the debut of their first single ‘Calculator‘ five months ago. We are talking a dark, a bit mysterious and haunting, but greatly intoxicating and intriguing track that combines the sound of sunny daylight hours with the atmosphere of your usual bicycle ride home from smoke-filled underground venues.
Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours with the band, and I can honestly say, that this could very well become a valuable musical asset for the city of Aarhus. After working with different constellations, two additional members have joined the squad and together, the six-piece have finally found something, which from my point of view, can open doors to both long friendships and a future-proof style and sound. The result is a musical stock cube of past decades’ sounds in interaction with the youth of today and its constant quest for something bigger and greater.
Melodiously, the Danish outfit brings to mind bands like Blaue Blume, but with the visual lead-singer equivalent of Matthew Healy of British The 1975 and guitar riffs of both early Metallica and more poppish acts sneaked into the mix. It is grand and cinematic on one hand, and introvert and thoughtful on the other – a young band with the soul of an old man with a long and fruitful life. Like the soundtrack for a road trip through the Danish summer on a Puch Maxi with a milk crate filled with cold beers and bottles of rosé.
Mark my words, and keep an eye on this six-piece. The way they use the complexity of the simple and the rough and dirty in the elegant is simply mesmerising on so many levels. You can see for yourself when The Vice performs for the first time tomorrow at Tape. Also, experience Berlin-based Hush Moss and Copenhagen-based Slowes. It all goes down on July 22, at 20.00.
Prior to the release of ‘Humanoid’, and their debut concert at Tape, we met The Vice for a small chat. Press play on their latest single, and read the interview below.
Details: The Vice, Hush Moss, Slowes at TAPE
Price: 60 DKK
Place: TAPE (Mejlgade 53)
Extra: DJ BUBU94 from Zeuthen, Berlin.
Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself and the idea behind the project The Vice?
THE VICE is the brainchild of lead singer Mikkel Dahl, once a mere bedroom composer, now reaching higher musical grounds with a little help from his dubious yet genius friends.
If you were to introduce the guys behind the band, how would you do that?
We’ve got Mikkel Stengaard, a blues-inspired guitar player who is also the fittest in the band, Our drummer, and Sous chef, Jesper, who lives with lead singer Mikkel. Also, bass player, Peer, who actually plays drums and was born in the USA. A 2-meter tall guy on synth, Asbjørn, who studies classical double bass at the musical conservatory and another guy on guitar, Rasmus, with disgustingly long nails, that have never played rock – only gypsy music and middle-eastern inspired tunes. And finally our lead-singer Mikkel Dahl, who’s actually a little Hitler like in his life-story in so far as his rejected art and music school applications.
Are there any specific ideas behind the choice of name, The Vice?
‘Cuz it sounds cool, man. And projects our lifestyle of fear and loathing in Aarhus.
How are you guys connected to the city of Aarhus and the Aarhus music scene?
Pretty simple: we are VERY well connected.
On social media, you describe your musical genre as Psych Pop. If you were to describe if without using genre labels, how would you describe the sound of The Vice?
Yeah, scratch that. Ethereal and tender yet vicious.
Do you guys have any specific kind of inspirations that you guys can tell us about? These do not necessarily have to be musical.
If we were to describe it in order of appearance, out inspirations are Lynch, White, Jackson, Timberlake, Bolaño, Simpson (O.J), Hiroshi Sato, boats etc. And of course, the two bands Slowes of Copenhagen and Hush Moss of Berlin.
What can people expect from the Tape gig on Friday (July 22)?
Basically, it’s our debut, so our mouths are sealed but we play rather loud. We are all looking forward to Slowes and Hush Moss. The guys from Slowes are our buddies, and you know it’s nice to see buddies shine bright like diamonds. Hush Moss from Berlin is really sexy. We are looking forward to show them the cool spots in Aarhus, the ones that feel and look a little Berlin-like.
In short, what are the future plans for The Vice?
Play louder. Play Tender. Tragedy.