VICTORIA are Alex Thomas (guitar), Charlie Martin (keys), Chris Moore (drums), Harry Johnson (bass) and Joe Housley (vocals), five young guys who live in London and eat, sleep and breathe music – all masters of their craft – skilled players, songwriters and composers.
Refreshingly, the band make unashamed pop-rock – infectious, feel-good anthems – from their North London house share. Their latest offering, Summertime, was released recently and is an uplifting track that encapsulates the spirit of the often short-lived British summertime that rouses us briefly from hibernation year after year.
Their energetic live performances and the individual personalities of these five riotous boys is captured entirely on record. Summertime follows on from Into The Wild, Victoria‘s first single, released in February earlier this year. Andy Howells recently put questions to the band.
Who are you and how did you come together?
We’re Victoria and we’re made up of Charlie Martin (Piano), Joe Housley (Vocals), Harry Johnson (Bass), Chris Moore (Drums) and Alex Thomas (Guitar).
Where are you from?
Four of us are originally from Somerset but Joe is from Bridgend. However, we all live together in North London now which is loads of fun.
How would you describe your music style?
It’s been referred to as ‘anthemic rock pop’, which we rather like.
What’s been your best live experience?
We played a sellout headline show in Hoxton in East London earlier this year – that was a pretty special moment for us as a band.
What are you working on at the moment?
We’re currently working on our next single which we’re really excited about it as it’s by far our most ambitious track yet – keep an eye out for it later in the year.
Where can people hear your music?
Our first two singles, Into The Wild and Summertime can be found on our YouTube channel by searching for ‘VictoriaBandUK’. They are also both available on all major digital stores (iTunes etc).
- Victoria will be supporting Alexander with Peasants King at Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff on October 6, 2015
- A version of this Q&A by Andy Howells appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on September 25, 2015