One of the most revered bass players in alternative music, ANDY ROURKE (of The Smiths)has teamed up with British frontman / guitarist KAV (formerly of Happy Mondays) to launch new band BLITZ VEGA. Based between New York City and Los Angeles respectively, Andy and KAV have been working on new music together and have debuted their first track “Hey Christo” recently, which has been described as “big driving tracks, guitar hooks, heavy beats, loops and live drums. File alongside; Iggy & The Stooges, BRMC, Queens of The Stone Age, The Kills, Kasabian and Primal Scream.”
With more new music on the way, the band has announced two live dates at New York City’sMercury Lounge on Monday, June 10th (ticket link)and Los Angeles’ The Roxy onWednesday, June 12th (ticket link). Tickets are now available.
“Andy was one of the legends all of us musicians growing up in the UK looked up to and respect,” says KAV of his bandmate. “He came to see one of my early bands play in Manchester and I met Andy after the show and we really got on.” Both Andy and KAV ran into each other periodically, but it wasn’t until a fateful chance meeting backstage at Coachella that the seeds of Blitz Vega took root. “A couple of years ago we talked about recording some songs together and Andy came over to LA and things just naturally progressed from there. It felt good & we surprised ourselves a little. The vibe just clicked for us instantly.”
“Kav and I have bumped into each other on a more than regular basis over many years,” agrees Andy. “We always had a mutual respect for each other and always talked about ‘sometime in the future working on a project together’. It seemed we were always busy on other projects. Well, this year we finally got it together! The stars were aligned or something! We are so happy with the results and excited for all to hear.”
“We have so much more music ‘in the bag’,” concludes Andy. “Lots of releases coming at you soon, plus more live shows & festivals in the works. I’m beyond excited and proud of this band! We hope to see you soon!”