“Most bands will have something of a press release spiel in the form of an exaggerated list of achievements, bands they have performed with, and then some weird description of their music that doesn’t really make any sense. What does “soaring guitars” even mean? That they fly?
So what we thought we’d do is be honest about what we are and what we’re looking to achieve. We’re a rock band living in a cramped two-bedroom flat in London, UK. We originate from somewhere called the Waveney Valley which forms the border between the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, and it was there that we started playing in bands together, playing anywhere that would have us and often ending up in old sports halls or the sides of lorries at town fairs. After 3 years, morphing in and out of various incarnations of bands, we realised that: 1. Most of the industry didn’t know where our hometown Beccles was and 2. Even if they did they wouldn’t consider signing a bunch of teenagers with a fan base that they could count on their toes. So after much consideration and amongst a hell-of-a-load-of emotional obstacles, we moved to London with only the kindness of strangers and some family to rely on and for about a year we barely played a show.
In late 2008 everything came together and we named ourselves Fearless Vampire Killers, we wanted it to be a name that carried a load of baggage, like a badge of honour but also something that we’d need to prove. It came from a film we’d grown up watching, and it fit with everything we stood for; fighting back against oppressors of any sort and making something of yourself. Rising above the ones that did you harm. As individuals we really weren’t that good at life, but together we knew that with enough work, we could make something incredible. With that we set to work creating a concept that our songs and our image could fit within: An idea we named Grandomina, something of an idealised image of what the world could be, though still with its fair share of flaws and vice. The songs we write therefore can be taken in anyway the listener wants – the lyrics are metaphorical, and though they may reference the concept, we wanted them to be honest and emotional: Songs that people could relate to and maybe even songs that would help people through hard times.
So yeah, we’re Fearless Vampire Killers, we do what we want and we couldn’t care less how much people get niggled by our make up or weirded out by what we’re singing about. We’re freaks, and if you’ve come to this page then you probably are a bit too. Now let’s get together and gear up. We’re here to set hearts alight and tell the Heartataks where to stick it”.