Stike Gently, the highly anticipated sophomore album from The Virgins, is out now on Cult Records. Released to widespread critical acclaim, The New York Times praises, "the new material is more organic, a harmonic, stripped-down rumble of moon-light swagger and blue-rose tattoos," while NME asserts, "...a surprisingly dynamic listen, shifting from scuzzy, hungover romps to soft, romantic croons and smooth, sexy hits." In celebration of the release, the band is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour, alongside label-mates Har Mar Superstar and C O L O R. See below for complete details.
Released to widespread critical acclaim, RollingStone.com describes the first single, "Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams," as, "...an edgy dance-punk number with a supple funk bass groove, street-noir vibe and skittish guitar licks," while Prefix praises, "...contains that similar thumping bass has a shimmering post-punk guitar feel frolicking throughout the song. Its a groovy return that'll make your appetite hunger for more." The songs official video (featuring former MTV VJ Jesse Camp) can be viewed here. Additionally, an exclusive studio tour and video interview with lead-singer Donald Cumming can be viewed here.
Strike Gently was recorded in NYC at the East Village Recording Center underneath the site of the storied former rock club Brownies and produced by Johnny T Yerington and Gus Oberg as The Unicorn Parade. Cult Records founder Julian Casablancas notes, "When I first saw the Virgins I was psyched there was such a rad new band from NYC. Donalds such an awesome guy and its great to meet someone whos such a true artist. I think theyve made a classic record and were really excited they chose to work with us." Please see below for a full track list.
The forthcoming record follows up on the Virgins 2008 self-titled debut, which NME raved was "jam-packed with pop hits" and Entertainment Weekly called "punchy and slinky and over before you know it, but good, dirty fun while it lasts," while SPIN noted that "these New York kids reflect the mirror-ball gleam of primo INXS and Emotional Rescueera Rolling Stones onto the lives of todays young, rich, and wasted."
The group was started by frontman Donald Cumming in 2006 and features Max Kamins (bass), Xan Aird (guitar) and John Eatherly (drums). They have shared stages with Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth and Patti Smith and have appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Late Night with Conan OBrien," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "Last Call with Carson Daly." The single "Rich Girls" from their 2008 release was included on Rolling Stones list of the "100 Best Songs of 2008," and they most recently released the single "Venus in Chains" earlier this year.