Answered By: Jarvis Morgan
Where did your love of music come from?
Since I can remember my dad would always play music around the house, ranging from all different types of genres. My love for music started when I first heard The Smiths, it’s just something about that band.
How did you guys all meet & become a band?
Back before the time when we couldn’t go into pubs, Brad, Elliot and Tom were underage drinking by a campfire, and it was a drunken decision to form the band. I wasn’t at the campfire, I was asked to join a few days later by a text from Brad. At this point I never played bass before, so I bought a bass off GUMTREE the next day.
What’s the meaning of the name “PRETTY VICIOUS”?
We were stuck for a name for months, we were called the “Hanging Monkeys Of Babylon” for a night, but that soon changed after we sobered up. We would all call each other with suggestions for names, but none of us would agree on a name. Then I had a call off Elliot, he said “Pretty Vicious” and all of us in the band knew that was the one.
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
I sleep a lot and spend too much time on my games console when I’m not working & taking photos of my dog.
Tom’s a lazy bugger and is barely awake, he’s like a sloth.
Brad gets up early and then disappears into his world.
Elliot’s rarely away from a mirror.
You guys recently signed with Big Machine. Can you spill any details about what you guys have in store?
We have our debut album out early next year, and a few more singles just before the release of the album and hopefully lots of time on the road touring.
Your debut album is coming out soon. Can you spill any details about the new album?
We can’t give too much away, but it’s out early next year and it’s fucking amazing. We made it with Dan Austin in Wales working in short bursts over a few months. The studio was haunted and so we bought a Ouija board and opened up a portal to the spirits. Somehow this coincided with the TV screen getting smashed!
What has been your reaction to all the success you have been having?
It’s crazy, I never thought when I was buying the bass from the man off GUMTREE down the train station, that it would ever turn into this, now it’s my full-time job. Which is nice.
What has it been like branching your career to America?
It’s been amazing, we flew over to the States in July. We played Nashville first and then we played New York. The crowds were very welcoming to us and they made us feel at home. We can’t wait to get back out there and see more of the country.
What do you hope to gain out of your music careers?
Loads of money and a house on a beach somewhere, America preferably.
What do you think is the benefit of having a following on social media in the music industry?
It allows you to interact with your fanbase in ways you never used to. It’s a good way of us getting to know our fans, and the fans getting to know the personalities of the band.
What’s the feeling you guys get when performing in front of your fans?
It’s crazy, you go into this little world where you feel overconfident. There is no better feeling than when you see the crowd into it as much as you are, it’s a hard feeling to describe.
Does your fanbase have a name?
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
We want it to stay the same as it is now when we can hang out and chat with people, hopefully this won’t change. Social media has made everything more in sight and connected although you do have to have a polite ‘distance’.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
I think they are all important, not everyone has every platform of social media, so it’s good to be active and stay connected on all the platforms. Personally, I use Instagram most, like a lot of musicians, its easy to use and connect with the visual side.
What was the craziest fan encounter you guys have had?
When we played Summer Sonic Festival in Japan, as we landed there were people waiting for us. They had posters with our faces on and wanted us all to sign them.
What’s an average day for you guys look like?
If we are touring then it’s a lot of driving, otherwise we meet up to rehearse and work on new songs, although inevitably it ends up in the pub. We like being in residential studios where you are just focused on the recording process and dinner.
Where do you guys hope the band is in 5 years?
It would be great if we were headlining festivals and playing arenas, that stuff takes time, but 5 years seems like a good target.
Do you guys have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thanks for continuing to support us, without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today and we wouldn’t have the opportunity to do any of this, so thank you.