Victor Kennedy, like all classic storytellers, has travelled many miles and crossed many county lines, and in the process has gleaned much from his travels, transporting his tales of characters on the road and acute observations into his songs. Along with his band of musical cohorts, Victor Kennedy You Yangs have birthed a debut album Ride The Blizzard which sweeps you away into that world of rich storytelling.

Victor’s band features musicians from impressive pedigree and all are impassioned musicians who draw upon a wealth borne from years of experience performing in notable Australian bands from the past four decades such as The Birthday Party, Paul Kelly & The Dots, The Slaughtermen, Lobby Loyde etc., namely Tim Brosnan on guitar, David Tillotson on bass, along with both Des Hefner and Jim Richter on drums. Victor handles vocals, guitar and keyboards.

 

Ride The Blizzard - The Album

Ahead of their debut full length release Ride The Blizzard (due out in October) Melbourne based Victor Kennedy You Yangs have gifted the world with a teaser of what is to come via their brand spakin’ video clip for the album’s lead single and title track Ride The Blizzard.

Speaking of the video-making process Victor says: “Working with Amalthea Films on the production of a Music Video Clip for the song Ride The Blizzard was a real treat. We shot it during an intense one-day session at Red Hill Mechanics Institute Hall, on the Mornington Peninsular, south of Melbourne. The people from Amalthea got the essence needed for this song, without a scripted story-line per se”.

Victor goes on to state, “As for the song itself, it is one of those “off the cuff“ songs that I wrote one night during a period after the album was basically finished. When I played it to Tim and David, they nailed it straight off, and 30 minutes later we’d recorded a Demo version in my home studio. Liking the song so much, we decided to go back into Incubator Recording Studios, where the album was recorded, to lay the song down.”

At times a wild ride, at others a lilting, soft tapestry, Ride The Blizzard captures the listener’s attention and takes them on a musical and poetic journey. Containing nine self-penned tracks which paint a portrait from Victor’s diverse travels, alongside one David Bowie cover, he’s gleaned imagery and words whilst traversing the planet and shoehorned them into an outpouring of his soul.

 

 

 

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Victor Kennedy
Victor Kennedy
Tim Bronson
Tim Bronson
Jim Richter
Jim Richter
David Tillotson
David Tillotson

 

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