RVG’s highly-anticipated third album is named ‘Brain Worms’ for the hyper-recognisable experience of, each day, baring witness to a world of private obsessions being aired out in the infinite.
This may not be wholly new territory for the Melbourne post-punk band and its lyricist/frontwoman Romy Vager, but this time around, there’s a newfound radical acceptance glistening overtop everything.
Guitarist Reuben Bloxham, drummer Marc Nolte and bassist Isabele Wallace are flawlessly adept in bringing Vager’s songwriting to life. Recorded in London at Snap Studios with James Trevascus (Billy Nomates, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Goon Sax), all ten tracks surge with lush sounds and clear intentions — and the magic of an acoustic guitar once owned by Kate Bush, given to her by Tears for Fears (who, legend has it, wrote ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ on it).
After a momentous first five years — finding critical acclaim for debut ‘A Quality of Mercy’, landing on countless end-of-year Best Of lists, and playing alongside some of the world’s biggest acts in Pixies, Kurt Vile, Pete Doherty, Sleaford Mods, Camp Cope, Shame, and more — RVG released second album 'Feral’ as the world was locking down. ‘Feral’ was called “masterfully executed” by The Big Issue, “the record of a lifetime” by Rolling Stone Australia, and given four-and-a-half stars by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Between the four bandmates — this is the most confident they’ve ever felt in RVG. They’ve moved past their influences, pushed themselves, and tried new things. And they have made a record they can, by all accounts, call their best.
RVG will play Phoenix Central Park on 8 June 2023. Free tickets via ballot.