Since 2002, Victory Hall has been the outlet for lo-fi leanings by a group of musicians from Bordeaux, led by Julien Pras. The Someday Herald is their first album in 12 years and consists of a collage of songs and sounds, mainly recorded by Julien on a 4-track cassette recorder and sequenced and mastered with Tiny Room Records’ label manager Stefan Breuer. The Victory Hall concept has always been: spontaneous and fast recording of music, finishing old sketches and snippets, recording wherever the instruments are, all while maintaining the incredibly fun and exciting feeling of making records (because there’s nothing more exciting than that, we tell you!).
From the 60s infused baroque pop of Miss Chief to the more straightforward indie rock of Face Value, from the beautiful duets with Queen of the Meadow’s Helen Ferguson (Golden Times) and Emily Jane White (Confusion) to the solo contributions by band members David Lespes and Hugo Berrouet – this album hits all the sweet spots for those who like their indie rock laced with psychedelia, acoustic arrangements covered in tape hiss and vocal harmonies drenched in distorted reverb. Any fans of Sebadoh, Big Star, Eric’s Trip, Guided By Voices, Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr. should give this gem a listen.
Julien is currently the lead singer and guitarist of stoner metal band Mars Red Sky, part of his spouse’s project Queen of the Meadow, and a renowned solo artist. Victory Hall was founded by Julien in 2002 to create an outlet for his lo-fi experiments – the ones that didn’t fit on the albums of his former bands Calc and Pull. After four self-distributed CD-r and tape releases, The Dull Commando’s Merchandise (2009) saw the project becoming a band, with David Lespes, Hugo Berrouet and Martial Solis playing and composing on that (amazing) record. Sixth album The Someday Herald, released on vinyl by Tiny Room Records on December 13, 2021, is another worthy addition to the sympathetic catalogue. A band without big aspirations, but with great artistic vision – and where fun triumphs over ambition.
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