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Mushroom Wrap: It Was 1 Epic Year For Violent Soho

Words by Phoebe Robertson

We’re shutting down and wrapping up 2016 with a comprehensive double take on the year that was. From ARIA #1 winning albums, to the most inventive triple j ‘Like A Versions’ and all of the comeback singles in between, the Mushroom family flexed to all new levels this past year.
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There’s no surprise that our #1 pick for 2016’s Mushroom Wrap lands on the one and only, Violent Soho. While their success begun well before the year that we are set to say goodbye to, the boys from Mansfield took 2016 by a bloody storm. From an insanely popular album release to two tours, a couple of top-notch clips and even their own beer, the band we all adore has done all us Aussies proud over the past twelve months. To celebrate, we at Mushroom take you through Violent Soho’s epic 2016.

To kick things off in grandpa-style, the Soho boys released their ‘Like Soda‘ clip which saw them playing lawn balls in the best get-ups since we don’t even know when. Taking the piss out of themselves, the band tried their hand at the old-school sport and absolutely dominated with their first release of the year from their soon-to-be-released, WACO. Not long after, the boys pushed out their single ‘Viceroy‘ and a green-screen, after party scene in the accompanying clip.

WACO was released on March 18th and Violent Soho were about to make another huge impression on Aussie music lovers across the country. The fourth studio album to date was immediately taken in by faithful fans and accolades began flying in. Resurrecting rock and all the things that we love about a filthy guitar riff and a daring drum beat, the Soho four-piece had smashed it out of the park, again.

Up next, Violent Soho took their newly released tunes on a blistering hot tour and headed out on their first national shows for the year. The May tour saw ten dates across five cities, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, and a selection of tracks from the 11 track studio album that was brewing in the studios.

Alongside the local heroes were DZ Deathrays and Dune Rats as they tore through some of the countries most notorious venues. Adding more shows to their tour to deal with the WACO popularity, the Soho boys even went on to talk about the negative impact of scalping in the music industry – “When these selfish pricks go online at 9am and buy tickets just to resell them later at an inflated price, preventing real fans from being able to get tickets, it’s not only extremely offensive to us it devalues everything we as a band are trying to do,” – on ya boys.

Returning from touring at the end of May, it wasn’t long before Violent Soho were doing their next big thing. The next clip to drop from the Brissy lads was ‘So Sentimental‘. The vid was a classic road trip slinger taken in between shows on the WACO tour and saw the boys taking the Volvo Station Wagon for a burn. The pursuit featured an IGA beer run, an abandoned house, side-road slashes and a breathe of fresh air.

On tour in North America in August, it just kept getting better. Living out an epic dream of theirs, Violent Soho performed live on the NRL Footy Show and threw down a fiery rendition of their new single ‘Blanket’ winning new fans and entertaining old mates alike (Dune Rats were in the audience).

Back on Aussie shores and swiftly announcing their second run of shows for the year, it was clear these guys were not hanging for a break any time soon. This time round, Violent Soho would set out on their official WACO tour with support from Tasmania’s Luca Brasi, Perth unit Tired Lion and California punks The Bronx – how could it get any better? The national October tour saw them playing their biggest headliner shows to date, another milestone for the band that took over 2016.

Before heading off, it seemed there was one thing missing from the Violent Soho life – their own beer. Partnering up with Byron Bay craft beer brewers Stone & Wood, the band crafted ‘The East Coast Crusher’ – a Pilot Batch which meant the experimental collaborative brew was rare, limited and Soho certified. Sending the bevs off in style, Violent Soho hosted a small string of parties in all major cities to offer up an exclusive taste for punters. Honestly, is there anything the Soho boys didn’t do this year?

Releasing their last clip of the year, ‘No Shade‘ saw Violent Soho calling out for Soho fans via I OH YOU’s FB, searching for dedicated mates to chuck a few mainies and hangout for the day. The result was a suburban convoy or mateship, brotherhood and joy ride dreamz. The sun-kissed day ended in a private performance from the band in one of the local reserves surrounded by their new found friends and 50+ wheels. Directed by Dan Graetz and produced by Benjamin Evans, the video utilised sweeping wide shots and drone heights, creating and effortlessly cinematic masterpiece.

Last but clearly not least for 2016, Violent Soho absolutely dominated the ARIA Awards. No suits but plenty of bevs, the boys eased their way into the evening. The guys then impressively and 100% most deservingly, shifted their night into second gear by taking home the ARIA for Best Rock Album for their #1 ARIA Award winning album WACO. After a bloody great performance of ‘Like Soda’ and a quick hang in the green room with a few frothies, the band were announced as ARIA’s Best Group – little to their own knowledge.

Proving that the boys are Aussie legends, they finally arrived on stage and explained, “We were just downstairs having beers.. We thought we were done”.

For 2016, Violent Soho may be all finished up (except for their NYE appearance at Falls Festival) – but you can bet 2017 will be another ripper year for the boys that all Aussie rockers adore. Already lined up for a couple appearances, you can catch the boys at UNIFY Festival in Jan.