Artist Alert: Violet Contours

For this week’s Artist Alert, we caught up with York boys Violet Contours. They’ve supported Wild Front, are in the process of making their first EP and describe their sound as ‘a plane full of indie bands from the north, crash landing in sub saharan Africa’.

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Their infectious, high energy sound merges romantic lyrics with afro-pop to create a refreshing take on your typical indie rock band. It comes as no surprise that in 2018 they were nominated for the Yorkshire gig guides outstanding emerging artist award, and featured in Fred Perry’s Sound of York. Here at Chalkpit we’ve been really digging tracks ‘D.O.T’ and latest release ‘PIXAR’, the tongue-in-cheek attitude reverberates through the tunes’ lyrics and instruments. Big things are on the horizon for the York lads, and we hope to catch them on next year’s festival run.

Can you tell us who you are, where your from, and a little bit about the music you make?

Violet Contours is composed of four musically inclined human males from the picturesque northern city of York. Our music sounds a bit like a plane full of indie bands from the north, crash landing in sub saharan Africa.

Why did you decide to start a band together?  

A mutual love for tinnitus, lugging heavy equipment and shouting at strangers. Ploughing hours of our time and money into an artistic pursuit seemed like the obvious next step.

Who are your biggest influences?

Little Comets. Baaba Maal. Stone Roses. Bombay Bicycle Club.

What has been your biggest highlight of this year as a band?

We had our first sold out gig this year, which was nice. Meeting and supporting Wild Front on the day they had their first radio 1 play was also pretty cool.

What do you think of the York music scene at the moment?

The scene is diverse and very much alive. As soon as you step off the train at york station you'll find yourself waist deep in a sea of singer songwriters. Buskers occupy every inch of city centre pavement, there is always an open mic night on somewhere and a new band seems to form every weekend.

Have you got any exciting plans you can tell us about going into 2019?

We plan on releasing our first EP, embarking on our first UK tour and hitting up as many festivals as our minds and bodies can handle.


Best cure for a hangover?

90 minutes of sunday league football.

What new bands are you listening to at the moment?

Wild Front. Island. Husky loops. Hobosexual. Sudan Archives.

Dream gig?

Lake of stars Festival in Malawi.

Describe your sound in three words?

Equatorial, Indie, Reverberations