Two singles ‘Itch’ and ‘Can’t Smile’ preceded the international release of their debut album ‘Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire’ (Virgin/EMI) in early 2002.
The album achieved critical success and the band intensively toured globally for over two years establishing their unique and mighty sound. Playing alongside the likes of Bush, Biffy Clyro, Glassjaw and Staind as well as successful festival appearances at Reading/Leeds, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Summer Sonic and the Vans Warped Tour, VEX RED’s live performances garnered glowing reviews.
After a hiatus, VEX RED regrouped with a hunger to create new music. With work in progress on a much anticipated new album the band have been teasing audiences with new material during recent UK tours. The late 2016 released single ‘Burn This Place’ was play-listed on Spotify and the band were one of a select group of artists personally invited to perform at Robert Smith’s 2018 Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre. Now the band have announced a new EP titled ‘Give Me The Dark’, which is due for release in October.
Described recently in The Independent as “throbbing bass, squealing guitars, trippy samples and spectral vocals collide to make a varied smorgasbord of sound. By not fitting in with the status quo in 2002, Vex Red seem far more relevant now than the majority of guitar music that ushered in the 21st century. “