not updated this for years, so here it goes
We must forgive the Manchester music circuit for believing that The Victorian Dad Band sprang onto their scene fully-formed as though birthed by some great groaning muse. It has been a long time coming and David Rybka, the leader of “Wigan’s Super Group”, is no stranger to hard work. He has perfected his compositional style and live act over the course of thousands of performances (beginning when he was just fifteen years old) and this experience is obvious – a full album (entitled “The Thin Thread”) on Elbow’s label “Skinny Dog Records” shall be released soon.
Together with his band (consisting of core members Jimmy Wilson, Tom Doherty, Matt McNicolas, Tom Yates and Fran Lydiatt) he has carved out a keen UK following and something of a private mythology; the band moved into Withington’s last surviving 18th Century farm house and soon transformed it into a hermitage for musicians of all disciplines to collaborate in (until they were suddenly evicted and the place began to crumble – but they now tour too much to make use of such a base anyway).
David and the VDB have recently enjoyed enthusiastic support from BBC 6 Music, patronage from The Smiths’ Mike Joyce and praise from local artists I Am Kloot and Elbow. They are also part of Manchester’s Debt Set (affiliated with co-operative label Debt Records run by occasional collaborator Louis Barabbas) and are engaged in a host of creative and promotional projects with their contemporaries in the Manchester arts scene.
NOTE TO EDITORS
David Rybka & The Victorian Dad Band . The electric and acoustic records will be available soon, accompanied by the video for No Fashion. A further album is in pre-production.
David Rybka & The Victorian Dad Band, embrace everything from rustic folk to superbly honed, melodic grunge. Not many bands feature an Accordion and a Mandolin and still come out sounding like Josh Homme proteges mixing it with The Doors. The biggest surprise tonight though is Victorian Dads re-invention as purveyors of bluegrass and european gypsyesque countryside busking, delivered via tantilising snapshots of their new album. The best thing about the Dad, are that they convey an intelligence and muscular intent without overload and still manage to generate trouser flapping sounds along the way.
- Manchester Music December 2009 -
www.myspace.com/rybkaroll i have played on the same bill as Arctic monkeys,Nine black alps,te kooks, mystery jets, pop levi ali love, though im in the best band in the world at the momment
VICTORIAN DAD www.myspace.com/victoriandaad
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