Bristol based alt rockers The Vigil have announced details of their forthcoming album. Titled ‘Save Our Souls’, the four piece’s eagerly awaited debut will be released on the 25th of November.
This storming debut was produced by Nigel Pulsford from the band Bush. The band released the first video from ‘Save Our Souls’, entitled ‘Do You Feel Alive’ earlier this year. The second release from the album, entitled ‘All You’ve Done’ will be released on October the 28th – so watch this space.
The Vigil has its roots going back to the late ’90’s when as kids Dom Mehigan (Bass) and Olly Smith (Guitar/ Vocals) would jam around each other’s garages choosing to focus on original songs rather than the Britpop of the day or covers. The band have always enjoyed playing a heavy rock sound with big drums, music that really hits you in your core.
Having performed together under various names and guises, The Vigil moved to Bristol, integrating into that scene and supported some impressive bands, such as their early heroes Everclear, Therapy?, The Datsuns and Puddle of Mud. Following a great reaction from the crowds, they knew they had to make an album. They began looking for a producer and realised lead guitar was an important element to the overall sound they wanted to achieve. On learning that Nigel Pulsford from the multi platinum selling British rock band Bush had moved to nearby Bath, they got in touch.
To the bands delight Nigel was interested in working with them as their producer, as well as offering to play lead guitar on the album. “Nigel is by far my favourite lead player from the ’90’s alt rock explosion with such an interesting approach and texture that isn’t your standard rock guitar licks” says vocalist Olly. “Making the album was a really exciting time, some days we would have Royal Blood in the next room over and The Pixies were in the studio after us we knew we were in the right place. The album is the out pouring of our entire musical journey from when we were kids to the present day, the struggle, the moments of triumph and most of all, the expression of a sound that we’ve longed for in other bands that we have tried our best to deliver. We are very happy with how it has turned out and it will hopefully allow us to build on the sound and make another album.”
With their debut album ready to be released through their own Fever Dog Records, and their new video directed by legendary rock photographer Steve Gullick, plus album artwork created by esteemed concert poster artist Jackknife, The Vigil are ready hit your stereo.
In the run up to the release of ‘Save Our Souls’, The Vigil will be playing a number of shows. You can experience The Vigil live and loud at the following dates:
21st October – Gloucester, The Lower George
10th November – Bristol, The Exchange with Unzucht
11th November – Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club with Unzucht
12th November – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs with Unzucht
15th November – Birmingham, The Flapper with Unzucht
The Vigil are:
Olly Smith: Guitar & Vocals
Dom Mehigan: Bass
Robbie Schuck: Lead Guitar
Jamie Davenport: Drums