Victory Pill’s debut, self-titled album was released on Tuesday October 23rd!.
Victory Pill guitarist and frontman Jim Davies (ex-Pitchshifter, Prodigy) has posted a blog on the group’s MySpace page discussing Victory Pill, his new project with Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“After I did the Flint project I had decided it was time to do something for myself for once. Looking back I have done a lot of other people’s bands. Even though I played a big part in ‘shifter, it wasn’t my band. I’d been writing alot of instrumentals, which is how I normally write music. I had around 20 tunes. I’d been doing this on the quiet on my own and wasn’t sure what to do with them until I played them to Kieron Pepper. He went mad at me saying ‘You have to do something with this!’ So we formed a band,” says Davies of the group’s formation. “We tried for ages to find a vocalist that fit the music but none worked. I wanted a very English sounding vocal, I love bands like The Jam, The Sex Pistols and Depeche Mode,. All the singers we tried sounded like Slipknot, so I tried it myself and it really gelled. It was a big move for me to go from being just a guitarist to front-man/lyricist. I’d never written lyrics before now and I had to rehearse it a lot to be able to do all the guitar madness I do live and sing, but I’m really comfortable with it now.”
Jim Davies guitar work helped shaped the band Prodigy’s breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, which included modern rock hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe”. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001.
Davies was also a contributing member of electro-metal outfit Pitchshifter who toured alongside Incubus and Ozzfest. Davies contributed to the groundbreaking http://www.pitchshifter.com album, as well as co-wrote the subsequent Deviant and PSI records. Davies’ last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized in the Bootlegged, Distorted live album.
“I think this album is a natural progression for me from what I did with Pitchshifter. There is obviously a taste of ‘shifter in there which is unavoidable as I co-wrote a lot the last few albums. But then tunes like ‘King and Country’ wouldn’t have worked in Pitchshifter because it’s not even a rock song and that’s what I find really refreshing about doing Victory Pill. I can take it anywhere I want and not be restrained by someone saying ‘That’s not what Pitchshifter should be sounding like,'” says Davies. “I think fans of electronic music will dig it, certain tunes like ‘Red Pill’, ‘Scaremonger’ and ‘Thin Line’ are very electronic. I think industrial heads will like tunes like ‘Downfall’ and ‘Another Clone’ and there also more melodic more live band sounding tunes on there like ‘Worst Case Scenario'”.
Victory Pill has made an Mp3 of the track “King and Country” available through the Corporate Punishment Podcast, which can be downloaded at the following location http://corporatepunishment.libsyn.com/
For a limited time, the band is still offering a free t-shirt to anyone who orders the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location http://www.corporatepunishment.com/shop/?manufacturers_id=26