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New line up gets creative
By Rachael Kamara
BBC South Introducing

Vice Like Grip

Vice Like Grip are from Hastings, and have been together since 2007.

The previous line up performed at venues along the south coast and saw the recording of two albums, 'Lost in Transit' and 'Waiting for Changes'.

But this year a new guitarist and new bass player have given the band a new direction and a new sound.

Now Vice Like Grip are well on their way to being a much talked about pop/punk band on the local circuit.

Lead singer Ross Page and drummer Dave Howell have played in bands together since they were teenagers. Their musical influences range from the depths of 90's grunge bands such as The Pixies through to the Foo Fighters and My Chemical Romance.

New lead guitarist Adam Davis and new bassist Billy Wood come from a more punk background, and have begun to offer their ideas when the band practise.

The result is a much livelier performance, some nice harmonies, the relentless awesomeness of Dave's drumming and a rather cheeky bassist who does anything but fade into the background.

If you can imagine the early days of the Foo Fighters, guitar rifts and finger picking than mix in a generous helping of American pop punk drum beats you'll be close to the sound of these guys.

Last week they supported The King Blues at the Crypt Hastings and as self confessed massive fans Vice Like Grip were just a little excited to open the show.

Before the show Adam told me that they regularly play The King Blues' album en route to band practise.

No surprise then that later in the evening a rather child like excitement was evident on Adams face when Itch from the King Blues told him that it was the 'best live set he'd seen from a support band in a while'.

As the bands were loading their respective vans with equipment, I noticed that various members of The King Blues were wearing a Vice Like Grip t-shirt.

Maybe the nights success will lead on to bigger and better things for this band.

You can check them out at www.myspace.com/vicelikegrip




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