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In Session: Vices hit the studio
By Matthew Crist

Sam from Vices
Sam from Vices enjoys a gig at Play in Reading

Sam and Andy from Vices paid a visit to BBC Radio Berkshire to talk biscuits, big hair and cracking America.

The guys are just two from a line-up of six who have played together since school.

They once described themselves as "Queens of the Stone age meets Kings of Leon with massive hair", though there is some debate as to who it was that made that comparison.

"I bet it was Rory," said Andy. "He is obsessed with his hair."

So if that is not an accurate description, where do their musical influences come from?

"A load of us listen to different music, whilst some of us listen to the same music and some don't listen to any music at all," according to Andy.

"There's a bit of Kings of Leon in there and a bit of The Strokes and some Tom Waits as well."

The band have recently progressed from rehearsing in cow sheds and a converted garage at drummer Rory's house to playing one of the top venues in Los Angeles.

Andy from Vices
Andy from Vices has been growing his hair for "a long time"

Los Angeles

"We were over in LA last year to record the album, initially for a week but we ended up staying for six weeks," explained Andy.

"We played the Viper Rooms but three of the band were under age so weren't allowed in," they laughed.

The band also stayed in some rather impressive accommodation along the way.

"We stayed in Roger Taylor's house from Queen, it had a swimming pool a Jacuzzi and a really big pool table."

For many artists, such experiences might have gone to their heads, or in this case their hair, but the guys were keen to stress that their feet were well and truly on the ground.

Describing the whole experience as "very surreal" the band that have enjoyed so much early on are keen to achieve more and more in the future.

"This band we have now is so geared up for big audiences, now this first album is done we are looking to produce as many as possible," they stated confidently.

Vices consist of Andy, Sam, Ollie, Oakley, Matt and Rory and their album "The Wind I Walk Into" was released on May 1st. You can hear some of their tracks and see tour dates at Vices

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