Victory Kicks started life in early 2013 as a home recording project for songwriter and guitarist John Sibley. After writing a large number of songs and realizing that waiting around for a record deal would mean that most would inevitably be forgotten, John decided to start piecing a recording studio together at home. Old songs were finished off and new songs were written (and often recorded in the same sitting) with John handling vocals, guitar, bass and drums as well as production duties and working out how to do the latter as he went. Early EP’s and singles containing short, lo-fi pop songs were recorded and shared amongst friends and family.
Victory Kicks then went from solo project to band with the addition of friends from other London based acts and established its own record label with the release of its first official EP, Rockets for Ghosts in July 2013. Comprising seven home recorded tracks of short, sharp, catchy indie rock, Rockets for Ghosts was a success for the band garnering favourable reviews and receiving airplay for the first time on stations in both the UK and the US. ‘Ghosts was followed by the release of three singles, including the song Radio Saves which saw the band make its debut appearance on BBC Radio.
Taking the decision to record music at home would allow the band the flexibility to record new songs as and when they were written and since the release of its debut EP in 2013 Victory Kicks has built something of a reputation for prolificacy – 2014 saw the release of the band’s full length debut The Decibel Age as well as two more seven track EP’s, Emergency Noise and The Young Flood.
The band spent the first half of 2015 rehearsing for a series of live shows and recording a follow-up to their first LP, the result of these sessions was a new album called High Wires.