THE VEGAN LEATHER ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘WHO’S KNOCKING ON MY DOOR?’
This is the band to watch out for guys, I can’t urge you enough.” – Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1
“Set the party dial to 11” – Vic Galloway, BBC Introducing
“The Vegan Leather tap into that precocious Scottish art-pop lineage while adding something new.” – Clash
Anger. Terror. Anxiety. Seething rage. The Vegan Leather’s new single has it all.
Slated for release on Friday 2nd April, the Paisley art-pop provocateurs are back and in riotous form on ‘Who’s Knocking On My Door?’.
Never have we heard them so fast and furious. Taking aim at the blood-sucking leeches of the world, they unleash all of their inner rage and pent-up aggression in three relentlessly exhilarating minutes.
Kicking off with the sound of a wild and menacing chainsaw, the band throw us back to the gloriously debauched days of new rave with a deluge of heavy riffs and bleeping synths. Think ‘Atlantis to Interzone’ Klaxons meets ‘You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine’ Death From Above 1979. It’s fast, hyperactive and instantly infectious.
Pounding live drums and a stand-out bass line from Matt McGoldrick provide the foundations for Marie Collins and Gianluca Bernacchi to go hell for leather. Spitting lines back and forth, their riffs are heavy, their words are cutting and their vocals are incandescent with rage. All we know is that whoever is knocking on that door has a lot to answer for.
Discussing the track, Marie Collins says “WKOMD is a swirl of anxiety, terror and a lot of rage. It’s based on feelings of anger and frustration at an unjust situation. As a band we’re all quite easy going, so I think the song was a vehicle for us to let some repressed inner rage come out! The song captures that feeling when you’re a bit terrified but you channel anger instead of fear.
“There’s a classic back-and-forth TVL dialogue between Gian & I in the verses that captures a sense of chaos and disillusion, but swells into a united chorus where we come back together.”
“We’ve been writing and recording remotely through lockdown but I think we manage to retain a sense of urgency and you can feel the frustration bursting out. It was really fun for Gian & I to have the opportunity to absolutely scream our heads off at each other! We’d be sitting on video chat recording, letting loose shouting down our mics at each other then we’d just burst out laughing after each take.”
Gianluca Bernacchi adds “I feel this is definitely our heaviest song, but it’s also one we’ve been sitting with for a very long time. The first ideas for this song where put down back in August/September 2017. The melody at the start and the high-pitched guitar during the choruses are still the same first take recordings from back then.
We revisited a few times between then and the making of the album, but we just couldn’t get gelled with it. Two days before the first lockdown (March 2020) we recorded the drums at Park Lane Studios with Lewis Andrew, completely on a whim. We had ‘Gloaming’ to record as a priority and ‘WKOMD’ was just a little something extra if we had time. Duncan’s drums give the song so much life, Matt’s bass too! They give Marie and I such a firm foundation to lose our minds over.”
After expanding their ever-eclectic and expansive repertoire with 2020 singles ‘Gloaming’ and ‘Sanctum Sound’, The Vegan Leather are pushing the parameters of their sound once again. Recorded in lockdown and produced alongside frequent collaborator Lewis Andrew, this new single is the sound of a band taking their future in their own hands and running with it.
Over the past five years, The Vegan Leather have established themselves as one of the leading lights of Scotland’s music scene – not just for their dancefloor-ready pop smarts, but for a succession of live performances showcasing just how effortlessly they can pull it off. With a list of memorable appearances at TRNSMT Festival, The Great Escape, Electric Fields, and Tenement Trail, and support slots with the likes of Paolo Nutini and Phoenix at the legendary Barrowland Ballroom, they have made a resounding impact on fans and venues all over the UK.
Following the widespread success of their debut album ‘Poor Girls / Broken Boys’ in 2019 which gained widespread critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from the likes of Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos and BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, the wheels of their industrious and thrillingly eccentric musical machine are fully back in motion with more releases expected in 2021.
“With Poor Girls / Broken Boys, The Vegan Leather inject a splash of much-needed art-pop pleasure into the Scottish indie scene.”- The Skinny
“Brimming with ambition and unassailable drive, ‘Poor Girls / Broken Boys’ is as much a thrilling statement of intent as it is a victory lap from one of Scotland’s brightest prospects.” – Tenement TV
“Paisley four-piece The Vegan Leather flaunt unapologetic pop credentials fuelled with character, confidence and cavalier glam swagger on debut album Poor Girls / Broken Boys.” – The Scotsman
“One of the best live acts I’ve, their art pop stylings recall Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem.” – Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio, UK)
“Glasgow art-pop quartet The Vegan Leather are quickly establishing themselves as one of the leading lights of Scotland’s music scene.” – The List