Review: The Virginmarys – ‘Just A Ride EP’ (Townsend Records)

Posted: April 30, 2011 in Reviews

The Virginmarys certainly made an impression last time around.  Support slots with Slash, New Model Army and Skunk Anansie, have paved the way for a stint at this years Sonisphere Festival, all on the back of their excellent ‘Cast The First Stone EP’.  This newly issued EP doesn’t contain as much hard rock swagger as its predecessor, but still hits home all the same.

The title track and its following number ‘In The City’ both favour a poppier and, dare I say it, more commercial sound — which isn’t a criticism.  The former hits the ground running with a cork-screwing Foo Fighters-esque riff and frontman Ally Dickaty’s vocal hook in the chorus burrows itself into your head and refuses to let go after just a couple of listens.  In fact, Dickaty’s presence is felt throughout this EP, particularly on solo number ‘Stripped’.  Now here is a star in the making, he’s got the voice, the charisma and, most importantly, he fronts a band that has the songs.

That being said, The Virginmarys excel when they just simply rock out.  As if they’ve swallowed the whole rock ‘n ‘roll lifestyle as gospel, the bluesy stomp of ‘My Little Girl’ smacks of sheer class, particularly paying heed to the energy and telepathy of this Macclesfield trio as a live unit. At just four tracks long, ‘Just A Ride’ leaves you wanting more… much, much more.

Time for the full length album,  gentlemen!

Stream and Order

There’s a pretty nice outline of the band and this new EP over at the Liquid Hip, well worth checking out too

  1. Martyn says:

    It’s a great EP – particularly ‘Just A Ride’ and ‘Stripped’ (which is an amazing song and unexpected treat to close the EP).

    Agree on the comments about Ally – I’m not sure he can write a bad song! But let’s not forget that the band wouldn’t be what it is without Danny on drums and Matt on bass. They’re all talented guys and are much bigger and better as a trio than they would be on their own!

  2. phantomchannel says:

    Oh definitely, from what I can see on their youtube vids of their live show they look like a phenomenal band.

  3. […] the brand new video from hard-rockers The Virginmarys, lifted from the ep of the same name which I reviewed a few weeks ago.  It finds this feisty trio going in a more pop-rock direction, perhaps looking to capitalise […]

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