Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album "Army of Three"on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records. The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video "All Night Long".
The new album dovetails Virgil & The Accelerators’ nationwide UK tour which starts on 29th September at the Borderline, London (FULL DATES BELOW).
Army of Three is the band’s second studio album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011’s critically acclaimed debut album "The Radium" which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine’s year round-up.
"The Radium" was also voted No.2 in the coveted USA Magazine Blues Rock Review Top 20 Albums of 2011, alongside many 5 star reviews. That’s no mean feat, considering the band were only teenagers when they recorded the album.
"The Radium was pretty much a live studio recording," reflects Virgil. "On Army of Three we wanted the production values, but we didn’t’t want to compromise the raw energy of our live sound. I think the new songs really show a lot more maturity and growth."
"Chris Tsangarides has an excellent track record," continues Virgil. "He’s an easy guy to work with. He helped us keep our own sound and explore bigger production. What we do appeals to a rock and blues audience. Blues rock is the most accurate way to describe our music."
The album very nearly failed before the end of production. "Chris had a recording gig booked in Greece and we all but completed the album with the exception of two more days left," recalls VATA bassist Jack Alexander Timmis.
"Before we were to return to the studio to finish the album, Chris was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. He was in intensive care for three months. He was lucky to come out of it alive. We didn’t want to bother his family, but, at the same time, we were frantic about finishing the album. We originally planned to release it in May. When Chris made a full recovery, we immediately returned to the studio to finish the album."
As a killer guitarist and front man, Virgil McMahon is up there with the best of them. His incredible fretboard skills are acknowledged by his peers. He was voted ‘Best Guitarist 2013’ in the European Blues Awards.
And yet he is the first to admit that Virgil & The Accelerators is a group effort in every sense of the word. His brother, Gabriel McMahon, is a formidable drummer and Jack Alexander Timmis plays one mean bass guitar. All in their early 20s, the band has built a formidable reputation as a telepathic power trio whose live shows are jaw-dropping, relentless and energized.
VATA have taken European festival stages by storm. They have toured relentlessly in their own right, while supporting the likes of Johnny Winter, Wilko Johnson, Michael Schenker, and Uriah Heap, all of which has built them a loyal, growing and dedicated fan base.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2014 TOUR DATES
HULLBRIDGE, THE TOUCHLINE
Friday 24th October
Box Office: 0844 412 4642 / Book Online
The Touch Line, Hullbridge Sports Club, Lower Road, Hullbridge, Essex SS5 6BJ
SATURDAY 25th October
Tickets available on the door
Mainsforth Community Centre, Ferryhill, Mainsforth County Durham
ROCK, SOUL & BLUES FESTIVAL
Sunday 16th November
Tickets: £119 including 3 nights accommodation.
Box Office: 0208 761 9078 / Book Online
John Fowler Holiday Parks, Marlborough Road, Ilfracoombe.
Virgil & the Accelerators - Biography
Virgil inspired by his father, first showed interest in the guitar at the tender age of 4 by mimicking his father strumming chords. By the time he was 10 years old Virgil listened to and became influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Bonamassa.
In 2002 the brothers moved from South Africa to West Wales and then in 2009 to Birmingham where they currently reside.
At 12 years of age Virgil was refused entry to an over 18s venue to see Otis Grand. Seeing his plight, Otis took Virgil under his wing and had him sit side of stage on one of his spare amps under the pretence of being Otis’s nephew. Otis called a wide eyed Virgil up for a jam that resulted in a standing ovation.
At 14 Virgil joined his father’s band ‘The Accelerators’. Virgil soon began to shine. Realising Virgil’s potential, his father and fellow band member Hugh Morgan (OBE) had the foresight to get Virgil to form a band with musicians of his own age. "Virgil & The Accelerators" was born.
Brother Gabriel was an obvious choice for a drummer. With no previous experience, he quickly showed signs of massive potential.
2010 saw them struggling to find a new young bass player. An advert was placed in a Birmingham music store and the first response to the advert was from current member Jack Alexander Timmis who lived within walking distance of the band’s self built rehearsal studio.
In 2011, the band released their debut album "The Radium" to rave reviews.
In 2012 ‘Live From Marshall’ DVD was recorded at the Holy Grail of sound, Marshall Amplification.