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Home / Entertainment / Welsh rockers Pretty Vicious sign major record deal and earn a slice of rock ‘n’ roll history

Welsh rockers Pretty Vicious sign major record deal and earn a slice of rock ‘n’ roll history

The most talked about band in Wales, Pretty Vicious have signed to Virgin EMI Records.

It’s been a meteoric rise to fame for the youngsters, who only played their first gigs at The Redhouse in Merthyr last month.

Pretty Vicious played their debut show at The Redhouse in Merthyr
Pretty Vicious played their debut show at The Redhouse in Merthyr

After releasing one track Cave Song online their eagerly anticipated debut shows in their hometown saw the music industry descend on the valleys town, with a bidding war breaking out amongst major record labels for their signatures.

Sex Pistol contracts

They announced their signing to Virgin EMI on the Facebook page in the early hours of this morning with the words: “WE HAVE SIGNED TO VIRGIN EMI RECORDS! Keep a eye out for further updates and announcements!”

As part of the deal it’s understood the band were handed a slice of priceless rock ‘n’ roll history – the actual contracts The Sex Pistols put their signatures to when they famously signed for Virgin Records in 1977, as well as original albums signed by The Pistols themselves back in the day.

Big gigs

The outfit, who this week were confirmed to play at this summer’s Isle of Wight Festival, also headed to London earlier this month to record three songs for Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show for a session to be aired at a later date.

Merthyr band Pretty Vicious
Merthyr band Pretty Vicious

Their show at the Isle of Wight festival in June will see them perform on a bill alongside the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Prodigy.

The news of their record deal follows senior representatives from major record labels, tour agents, festival bookers and management companies populating the crowd for their Redhouse shows in December.

Radio 1 playlist

The gigs followed the band’s playlisting on Radio 1, which saw the track that caused all the fuss Cave Song played every day on the national radio station.



Pretty Vicious - Cave Song


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With more than 10 million listeners tuning in daily, it was huge exposure for the band, who have previously received exposure on the station from both Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe, causing a huge industry buzz before they’d even played a gig.

The band were also recently featured in music newspaper NME as their “Buzz of the Week”.

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Starting out

Formed just seven months ago, the band are now being chased by a host of record companies all keen to offer them a deal.

The feisty four piece – Brad Griffiths, 17 (vocals and guitar), Thomas McCarthy, 17 (guitar), Jarvis Morgan,17 (bass) and Elliot Jones, 16 (drums) have also announced a co-headline Welsh tour with fellow fast-rising Welsh band The Hearts, which kicks off tonight in Blackwood.

“Every day I wonder what is going to happen next,” said Brad, speaking to us last month. “It’s all a bit much to take in to be honest. It’s mad, but it’s also great – we’re basking in it.”

Tour dates

The tour will see the bands play dates in Blackwood Miners Institute tonight; Sin City, Swansea – Sunday, February 1; Wrexham Central Station – Wednesday, February 4; Chester Live Rooms – Thursday, February 5; Ebbw Vale Institute – Sunday, February 8; Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff – Monday, February 9.

Tickets for the tour are priced £8 and on sale now from www.orchardentertainment.co.uk and www.seetickets.com as well as all venue box offices.

Find out more about Pretty Vicious at www.facebook.com/Prettyviciousuk and The Hearts via www.loveandriots.com

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