MEMBERS AND INSTRUMENTS: William Stark (guitar, lead vocals); Logan-Michael Ayres (guitar); Max Manley (bass); Nathaniel Tabor (drums)
RECENT RELEASE: Freak Show (self-released)
KINDRED SPIRITS: Metallica, blaring Les Pauls, Danzig, bandanas, Ozzy, dirty blues, Guns N’ Roses, sneerin’
The members of Kill Victoria have found themselves lodged in a rock & roll pickle of sorts. The foursome could easily mutate into the cutesy, lollipop-laced, radio-friendly pop-schlock that’s currently topping charts if they so desire. Or, they could ramp it up a few notches and find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder with the rapid-fire riffs of death and speed metal outfits that are commonplace in the Inland Empire.
But, they’ve opted to take the high road, forging ahead with a unique amalgamation of hard rock, metal and classic rock cuts—and dealing with the circumstances of landing on bills that may not be entirely conducive to their specific, stylistic leanings.
“Hardcore and death metal seem to be really popular right now, among other things, and well, we don’t exactly play hardcore,” says guitarist Logan-Michael Ayres. “Playing shows can be a little awkward sometimes ‘cause we get up there after some death metal band, start to jam out, and the crowd is expecting more death metal. Surprise! It’s Kill Victoria playing our hard rock/metal stuff, and sometimes people don’t like that.”
“Then again, sometimes they do,” counters frontman, Will Stark. “And that’s when you know you’re doing a good job. When the crowd’s like, ‘They’re different, but man they rock!’”
Launched nearly two years ago, Stark notes that he wanted Kill Victoria to be “something that took from my influences, but didn’t replicate them. But, most importantly, I wanted this band to be a band that rocked and still, at the same time, always had a message to convey. When I found people with the same vision, we took it and ran. And now here we are, and the going is good.”
Still, the hard-edged act says they have another task ahead—to shatter a prevailing belief that they’re stern and serious (as their largely dissonant musical output and homicidal moniker may insinuate). Yet, there’s no need to get intimidated, says bassist Max Manley: “Apart from our music, we’re pretty goofy, fun guys to hang out with.”
Rule of the day: Never judge a band’s temperament solely by their chord progressions.