The Virginmarys

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The Virginmarys
Origin Macclesfield, England
Genres Rock, Punk rock, alternative rock
Years active 2009 (2009)-present
Labels Cooking Vinyl, Wind Up
Website www.thevirginmarys.com
Members Ally Dickaty
Danny Dolan
Matt Rose


The Virginmarys are an English three-piece rock band from Macclesfield, England. The band formed in 2009 and self-released a limited series of sold out EPs, before releasing their debut album King of Conflict on DoubleCross/Cooking Vinyl and Wind Up Records (US) in February 2013. The album was awarded Editors Choice by iTunes US following their songs "Bang Bang Bang" and "Just A Ride" both being iTunes Singles Of The Week and was then nominated for Album Of The Year at the Classic Rock Awards 2013. In 2013, The Virginmarys were crowned Best Breakthrough act at the Classic Rock Awards.[1][2] “Motherless Land”, the first single from the band’s second LP, Divides, was released on February 16, 2016. Produced by Gil Norton, Divides was released on May 6, 2016 via Wind-up Records.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

The punk rock trio formed in Macclesfield in 2009, following the demise of a previous band which included Dickaty, Dolan and Birdsall (who has since been replaced by Rose). The band spent much of their early years touring extensively - they first played the Download Festival in 2010, and have toured as support act to Slash, Shinedown, Terrorvision, Skunk Anansie, Eagles of Death Metal, The View, Ash, Feeder, Queens Of The Stone Age and We Are Scientists, as well as playing their own headline gigs throughout UK, Europe, US and Japan.[5] The band released a series of self-financed E.P.s during this period, and recorded their first mini-album, Cast the First Stone, in 2010, produced by Toby Jepson and mixed by Mike Fraser.[6][7]

In late 2011 the band,[8] started work on their debut full-length album, again with Toby Jepson as producer (Chris Sheldon mixed the album), and continued to tour. They wanted the freedom to make their own album and in 2012 they announced record deals with both Double Cross / Cooking Vinyl (in Europe), Wind Up Records (United States) and Hydrant Music (Japan). The debut album, titled King of Conflict, was released on 4 February 2013. On 14 November 2013 they were named Best Breakthrough act at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards.

In 2015 production began for their second album, Divides, produced by Gil Norton. The record was released on 6 May 2016 release via Wind-up Records.[3][4]

Band members[edit]

  • Ally Dickaty- vocals, guitar (2008–present)
  • Danny Dolan - drums, (2008–present)
  • Matt Rose - bass, vocals (2009–December 2016)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
UK
[9]
US
Heat

[10]
King of Conflict 93 8
Divides
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPs and mini albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak Album
CAN
Rock

[12]
US
Alt.

[13]
US
Main.

[14]
2012 "Dead Man's Shoes" 17 31 35 King of Conflict
2013 "Just a Ride" 30
2016 "Into Dust" Divides
2016 "Motherless Land" Divides
2017 "Sweet Loretta (You Know Me Better)" Sweet Loretta (You Know Me Better)
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "'Dressed To Kill' (Acoustic) by The Virginmarys - Free MP3". Rolling Stone. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ a b Kaye, Ben (2016-02-16). "The Virginmarys announce new album, Divides, share “Motherless Land” — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview: The Virginmarys ‹ Modern Vinyl". Modern-vinyl.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "This page has been reserved for future use". Tobyjepson.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Ally Dickaty - The Virginmarys - Interview Exclusive". Uberrock.co.uk. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  8. ^ "Solo artists beat out guitar bands in 2011". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Virginmarys". Official Charts Company. 
  10. ^ "The Virginmarys - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - February 5, 2013". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  13. ^ "The Virginmarys - Chart history". Billboard. 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  14. ^ "The Virginmarys - Chart history". Billboard. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 

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