July 19, 2008

Ready to Rock at Carnival Festival

Gritty rock band Imperial Vipers are headlining the J and D Music Festival at the Teignmouth Carnival next weekend.

The rock 'n' roll inspired band is currently finishing work on its second album with producer Steve Power who has worked with Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, Blur and Feeder. The band will be releasing its first single Check This on September 15.

Imperial Vipers' sound and live performance has been described as street rock by Anne Maria, from Total Rock, and among their musical influences they count Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pearl Jam, The Sex Pistols, Soundgarden, The Clash, The Ruts and Guns 'n' Roses and a liberal sprinkling of ska and reggae.

The band is made up of Ash Simmons on vocals, Wevs on lead guitar, Corky on rhythm guitar, Andrew Weatherley on bass and Scott Cowell on drums.

Signed to independent record label Eminence in 2005, the band set out on extensive touring throughout the UK clocking up nearly 300 dates over two years and building up a large fan base. In January 2006 they came off the road for six days to record their debut album Searching: Falling: Silence, before heading back out on the road.

The album was released in June 2006 to mixed reviews. But the one thing everyone could agree on was that 'live' Imperial Vipers had no peers.

The band recently returned to Devon to give an explosive headline performance at the Goldcoast Oceanfest in front of a 7,000-strong crowd, a gig the boys have already described as one of their favourites to date.

Imperial Vipers will be playing at Teignmouth Carnival on Saturday, July 26. The music festival starts at 2pm. For more information visit www.teignmouthcarnival.co.uk

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