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The Violet Jive

The Violet Jive: 'For Hula Girls & Zombies in love with Rhythm & Melody!'

A retro Swing sound with Feverish latino curves, hip-hop head nods and a cool dark alternative rock twist!

Formed and fronted by U.K based musical mixologist/Musician/Producer Steve Spall (Guitar/Vocals), the band also features Paul beeching - Double Bass and Matt Wilson -Drums. Influences from 50's swing, alternative rock, trip-hop, blues, salsa and Latin styles help create The Violet Jive's atmospheric, alluring sound. Appealing to a wider variety of hepcats and music lovers in general. (somewhere between The Jungle Book, Portishead, Wes Montgomery & Soundgarden, perhaps!)

The 10 track album 'Far Flung' available here is about strong songs, strange melodies, dark riffs and colourful lyrics with sprinklings of musical prowess as opposed to overblown indulgent soloing.

‘Grey Squares’ a catchy jazz guitar driven number swings with dark urban cool, a tale of someone yearning to escape the city life, while ‘Girl In Green’ featuring Jungle book-esque Trumpet and colourful lyrics has a more cheeky slant. ‘Springtime Molecules’ ( just a minute and a half long) is inspired by the seasons and being up and down. ‘A Good Energy’ has Hip –Hop style beats with some dark funky riffage, and is again fighting against negative tendencies inspired by a positive girl! ‘Polynesia Blues’ is the only instrumental on the c.d and gives a taste of exotic percussion and atmospheric spy style guitar motifs. The album has a definite jazz, lounge sound without being ‘elevator’, but with some well crafted songs, dark riffs and awesome vocals/guitar from frontman Steve Spall.

As well as being the platform for Spall's original material the band also perform a set of covers and arrangements of tunes swing style, with dark takes on classic standards and jazzy versions of Rock tunes.

Live sessions on BBC Radio and regular gigs/festival dates in and around the South East U.K are helping establish The Violet Jive as a truly unique and popular band on their local scene, with plans to reach a wider audience across the u.k and other parts of the globe taking shape. A second album 'Rhythm Mythology is due summer 2011.