RVG are incredibly excited to announce their signing to Our Golden Friend and the re-release of their debut album A Quality of Mercy.
When RVG first self-released their debut LP, A Quality Of Mercy, there was no press release. No music video. No proper band photo. No image to uphold. No narrative to forward.
Instead, there were just two guitars, bass and drums. Eight songs. Classic songs. Songs recorded by the band, live off the floor, at Melbourne’s iconic rock’n’roll pub, The Tote. Songs that leant on the band’s heroes —The Go-Betweens, The Soft Boys, The Smiths— whilst never sounding like homage or pastiche. Songs hitting that sweet spot between light and dark, employing guitars both angular and jangling. Songs passionately sung by Romy Vager, the eponymous leader of a band once called, in full,Romy Vager Group.
Vager had arrived in Melbourne, from Adelaide, in full Goth wardrobe, as a teenage runaway. Her first band, Sooky La La, was built on anger, discordance, screaming. They found no following, and routinely cleared rooms. In the wake of their demise, Vager committed to write songs that people would actually like, and want to listen to; to match alienation to melody, introspection to big refrains.
She was living upstairs at The Bank, an erstwhile recording, rehearsal, and performance space housed in an old bank building in suburban Preston. The Bank was a scene unto itself: Jaala, Gregor and Hearingall played there, practiced there, lived there. Dwelling in this big house, surrounded by musicians, hearing their songs coming through the walls, Vager couldn’t help but be inspired.
Vager committed to playing her first show, downstairs at The Bank, in September 2015, launching a tape of solo songs that hadn’t actually been pressed. Angus Bell (Drug Sweat, the Galaxy Folk), Reuben Bloxham (Hearing, Gregor and fellow Bank resident), and Marc Nolte (Rayon Moon, Latreenagers), were recruited to be a one-off backing band. But once they’d played together, one time, without saying it, they knew all they were a Group.
RVG's members are no strangers to the Melbourne scene, and they utilise their experience and talents to sublime effect both on their recorded music and in their incredible live shows. RVG have quickly become everybody's favourite band and for good reason, they deliver a refreshing kind of honesty and intelligence that you don't tend to hear everyday in your local garage band.
RVG's album A Quality Of Mercy will be re-released on October 20, 2017. Scroll below to listen to their single 'A Quality of Mercy', pre-order their album and view their tour dates!
A Quality of Mercy Re-launch Tour Dates
To celebrate the re-release of A Quality Of Mercy RVG are playing a string of shows throughout Victoria and New South Wales!
UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
Sunday 3rd September @ The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne
Romy solo supporting Stella Donnelly
Tuesday 5th September @ The Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Official Bigsound Showcase #1 - 10:30PM
Wednesday 6th September @ Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Our Golden Friend Day Party - Unofficial Bigsound Party- 1:00PM
Wednesday 6th of September @ Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane
Indie Labels Showcase - Unofficial Bigsound Party - 5:20PM
Thursday 7th September @ The Brightside, Brisbane
Official Bigsound Showcase #2 - 11:30PM
Sunday 10th September @ Howler, Melbourne
RVG supporting Jen Cloher
Friday 20th October @ Howler, Melbourne
A Quality Of Mercy Album Re-launch Tour w/ Terrible Truths & Street Hassle
Thursday 26th of October @ Karova Lounge, Ballarat
A Quality Of Mercy Album Re-luanch Tour
Thursday 2nd of November @ Oxford Art Gallery, Sydney
A Quality Of Mercy Album Re-Launch Tour
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th December @ Meredith Music Festival
Supernatural Amphitheater, Meredith, Victoria