Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album “Army of Three” on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records. The band will support the release of the album with the single and accompanying promo video “All Night Long”.
The new album dovetails Virgil & The Accelerators’ nationwide UK tour which starts on 29th September at the Borderline, London.
Army of Three is the band’s second studio album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest). The new album follows 2011’s critically acclaimed debut album “The Radium” which claimed a Best Of Year spot in Classic Rock magazine’s year round-up.
Virgil And The Accelerators (L-R): Gabriel McMahon (drums), Virgil McMahon (guitar, vocals), Jack Alexander Timmis (bass). Photo Credit: © Will Ireland
“The Radium” was also voted No.2 in the coveted USA Magazine Blues Rock Review Top 20 Albums of 2011, alongside many 5 star reviews. That’s no mean feat, considering the band were only teenagers when they recorded the album.
“The Radium was pretty much a live studio recording,” reflects Virgil. “On Army of Three we wanted the production values, but we didn’t want to compromise the raw energy of our live sound. I think the new songs really show a lot more maturity and growth.”
Photo Credit: © Martin Lewis
“Chris Tsangarides has an excellent track record,” continues Virgil. “He’s an easy guy to work with. He helped us keep our own sound and explore bigger production. What we do appeals to a rock and blues audience. Blues rock is the most accurate way to describe our music.”
The album very nearly failed before the end of production. “Chris had a recording gig booked in Greece and we all but completed the album with the exception of two more days left,” recalls VATA bassist Jack Alexander Timmis.
“Before we were to return to the studio to finish the album, Chris was diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. He was in intensive care for three months. He was lucky to come out of it alive. We didn’t want to bother his family, but, at the same time, we were frantic about finishing the album. We originally planned to release it in May. When Chris made a full recovery, we immediately returned to the studio to finish the album.”
Check out the video for the new single here http://youtu.be/7hOMSO-OQLk
As a killer guitarist and front man, Virgil McMahon is up there with the best of them. His incredible fretboard skills are acknowledged by his peers. He was voted ‘Best Guitarist 2013’ in the European Blues Awards.