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  • PUBLISHED Nov 01, 2017

  • PUBLISHED

    Nov 01 2017
  • THIS VIDEO

    5009 Views
    2 Votes
  • OVERALL RANK

    2698 th Views
    7055 th Votes
  • PEAK CHART RANK

    208 th Overall
    11/06/17
    5 th Melbourne
    11/06/17

RVG performs the song "VINCENT VAN GOGH" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY MERRYN MCDONNELL

When RVG first self-released their debut LP, A Quality Of Mercy, there was no press release. No one sheet. No music video. No proper band photo. No image to uphold. No narrative to forward.

Instead, there were just two guitars, bass, drums. Eight songs. Classic songs. Songs recorded by the band, live off the floor, at Melbourne’s iconic rock’n’roll pub, The Tote. Songs that leant on the band’s heroes —the Go-Betweens, the Soft Boys, the Smiths— whilst never sounding like homage or pastiche. Songs hitting that sweet spot between light and dark, employing guitars both angular and jangling. Songs passionately sung by Romy Vager, the eponymous leader of a band once called, in full, Romy Vager Group.

Vager had arrived in Melbourne, from Adelaide, in full Goth wardrobe, as a teenage runaway. Her first band, Sooky La La, was built on anger, discordance, screaming. They found no following, and routinely cleared rooms. In the wake of their demise, Vager committed to write songs that people would actually like, and want to listen to; to match alienation to melody, introspection to big refrains.

She was living upstairs at The Bank, an erstwhile recording, rehearsal, and performance space housed in an old bank in suburban Preston. The Bank was a scene unto itself: Jaala, Gregor and Hearing, all played there, practiced there, lived there. Dwelling in this big house, surrounded by musicians, hearing their songs coming through the walls, Vager couldn’t help but be inspired.

She committed to playing her first show, downstairs, in September 2015, launching a tape of solo songs that hadn’t actually been pressed. Angus Bell (Drug Sweat, the Galaxy Folk), Reuben Bloxham (Hearing, Gregor and fellow Bank resident), and Marc Nolte (Rayon Moon), were recruited to be a one-off backing band. But once they’d played together, one time, without saying it, they knew all they were a Group.

https://rvgband.bandcamp.com/

CREDITS / SPONSORS
PRODUCED BY THE PUSH AND SYN 1700
http://www.thepush.com.au
http://www.syn.org.au

FILMED AT NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL THANKS TO DAREBIN CITY COUNCIL
http://www.northcotetownhall.com.au
http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au

PRESENTED BY MERRYN MCDONNELL
VIDEO PRODUCTION BY LEWIS ROBERT
AUDIO PRODUCTION BY CONNOR HARRY-BLACKALL
ARTIST AND PROJECT COORDINATION BY SHAAD D'SOUZA + CARLIN PLUMB

This show was filmed on stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. BalconyTV Melbourne would like to pay respect to elders past, present & emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty of this land was never ceded.

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