Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop


Sounds like

Grimes , Japan, Blood Diamond


band members

Angela Ford David Jenkins


Influences

Cocteau Twins, Janet Jackson, Roxy Music


Unearthed artists we like

Joy, Lanterns,, BV


Website

Bio

VIGILANTES. It sounds threatening, doesn’t it?

So, what’s the issue that the Sydney duo have come to redress? First of all they’d like to underline the glory of classic pop music. But should pop music be without an inquisitive soul? Well, they think not.

Combining the talents of vocalist Angela Ford and multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist David Jenkins, VIGILANTES present the debut single, ‘Circles’. The pair might be unabashedly disposed towards pop music, but their songs don’t just tickle with images of sunshine and fluoro swimsuits. Rather, they convey an emotional depth, which far surpasses superficial gloss. See, VIGILANTES are just as likely to reference Scott Walker or the Cocteau Twins as they are Janet Jackson.

Ford’s tingly high register is complemented by Jenkins’ ambivalent baritone voice. The sound could be described as electro-pop; meanwhile, the arrangements are distinguished by deft guitar work, which wouldn’t sound out of place on a Roxy Music record. While it’s not overly showy, textured drum programming betrays Jenkins’ many years of experience hitting the skins for the likes of Kirin J Callinan and Andy Bull.

The reactions towards ‘Circles’ are already positive, with The BRAG magazine’s Augustus Welby describing it as “the musical equivalent of being picked up by a flashy sports car only to discover the driver is maniacally unhinged. While initially enveloped in the grandeur of the event, it becomes increasingly apparent your safety is in serious danger.”

Tempering mellifluous musicality and vocal harmonies with a sense of Lynchian friction, it won’t take long for you to pledge support for the VIGILANTES cause.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

16 Jun 2015

Triple J
45

I'm addicted to this chorus.

I'm addicted to this chorus.

Review

Review by Tim Shiel Tim Shiel

10 Nov 2014

Triple J
45

Concise and unpredictable, a strange little pop song executed with precision. Can't wait to hear more.

Concise and unpredictable, a strange little pop song executed with precision. Can't wait to hear more.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

15 Oct 2014

Triple J
35

This has a heap of cool threads in it - great production, interesting parts - without taking off the way you expect it to. I'll be keeping an ear out for what they do next.

This has a heap of cool threads in it - great production, interesting parts - without taking off the way you expect it to. I'll be keeping an ear out for what they do next.