Since releasing their sophomore full-length album Rough Dimension and completing a full US tour this past spring, VR Sex have reemerged for an extensive UK/European tour spanning September 12 through October 2nd (dates can be found below and tickets are available here).
In anticipation of the tour, right now the group is premiering a never-before-seen live video for the track “Snake Water.” Filmed at their studio space in Los Angeles on a saticon tube camera, the session was recorded directly to 2” tape and is the first VR Sex recording featuring their new lineup of 5 members.
Rough Dimension, the latest by Andrew Clinco’s acid punk alias VR SEX, takes its title from an architectural phrase but more importantly refers to the warped, wicked underworld the songs both chronicle and condemn. Donning the moniker Noel Skum – an acerbic anagram of Elon Musk – Clinco vents his scorn for and fascination with the seedy, surreal margins of low-life Los Angeles, doomed to dead ends of vanity, lust, and technology. Although initially launched as an outlet for “heavier sounds” beyond Clinco’s duties in new wave fantasists Drab Majesty, the project has ripened into a compelling exercise in world building, weaving themes of gritty city neo- futurist sleaze within a framework of driving, distorted guitars and cathode-blasted synths. Echoes of Chrome, Wire, Minimal Man, and Sisters Of Mercy ripple through the collection but ultimately Rough Dimension charts its own twisted vision of “our unforgiving reality.”
Written and demoed across two weeks alone in a Marseille flat using his prized 1980’s Gibson “Invader” and a laptop, Clinco then took the tracks to Strange Weather studios in Brooklyn to record with Ben Greenberg (Uniform, The Men) who helmed 2019’s debut, Human Traffic Jam. The results are notably ripping, refined, and riveting. Riffs in alternate tunings chug and churn over mid-tempo drums punctuated by spikes of sci-fi electronics while the vocals swagger and spit venom. It’s a bristling mix of the melodic and the macabre, absurdist observations of fast living and desperate measures, the clock of youth ticking towards midnight as dreams unravel in Babylon.
See VR Sex on the road in Europe and the UK in September and October.
VR SEX, ON TOUR:
13/09 PL Poznan @ Pod Minogą
14/09 PL Warsaw @ Poglos
15/09 DE Berlin @ Urban Spree
16/09 DE Hamburg @ Hafenklang
17/09 NL Utrecht @ DB’s
18/09 BE Liege @ Kultura
20/09 UK London @ The Shacklewell Arms
21/09 UK Manchester @ YES Basement
22/09 UK Glasgow @ Audio
23/09 UK Liverpool @ Quarry
24/09 UK Bristol @ Crofters
26/09 FRA Paris @ L’International
27/09 FRA Lille @ La Bulle Café
28/09 DE Cologne @ Buman & Sohn
29/09 DE Munich @ Rote Sonne
30/09 HUN Budapest @ Robot
01/10 CZ Prague @ Underdogs
02/10 DE Leipzig @ Soltmann