SO, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?
On May 1st of 2009, the band traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to record their debut album and play live, but the effort was cut short. The night before the show, after recording their song "Who Cares Right Now", vocalist and guitarist, Duncan McKnight, fell from a window approx. 10m (32 ft) and was admitted to the ICU. He sustained numerous injuries including a skull fracture, hemorrhage of the cerebellum (brain injury), broken ribs, collapsed lung, and damage to other internal organs. Miraculously though, he survived. Regarding his vocal quality, it was restricted in such a way that it was monotone and low in pitch. Doctors said it was unsure if he would ever be able to perform and sing as he had used to, or even walk again.
During his 6 month hospital stay in Iceland he relearned to walk, talk, and perform everyday activities that one normally takes for granted. It was a long and difficult road to recovery, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Almost 5 years later, after much physical and speech/vocal therapy, he is all recovered, playing live again, and ready to record with the band. Now the real work begins...
This campaign will help cover the costs of getting the band back together to finish the album as well as record new material. The music is there, the songs are there, and new material has been written since. The money raised goes to flights, studio rental, engineer, and mixing/mastering of the debut album that couldn't be finished after the Iceland incident. Please share and spread the word!
The trio began in the test-tube that is Berlin in 2006. Three guys from different parts of the world shared the same musical vision, and ended up playing their first show after just one rehearsal. Many shows throughout Germany came after that, and The Virgin Tongues were born. As for what genre of music that they should be classified as, Rock and Roll works just fine.
"Aside from The Kills not many other bands have given off that raw sound that the Velvet Underground had. They bring something euphoric and raw. When I first heard The Virgin Tongues I thought I was listening to something from the 60s/70s. I didn't realize I was listening to a band so current. Their music instantly proves they are a band that should not be ignored. If you dig shoegaze, psychedelic rock, and just good old fashioned rock and roll, then The Virgin Tongues are for you. If you are someone who finds comfort in a band that cries out in despair, then The Virgin Tongues are for you. If you are going to believe in something, then it should be this."
'perks' such as handwritten lyrics, buttons, skype concerts, drawings/artwork, and unreleased demos will be delivered BEFORE estimated release of the album
Also, don't be afraid of the euro. If you are contributing in dollars, or any other currency, it is automatically translated
A special thanks to:
Robert Piña from Bad Sam Studios
for creating the video and helping make this possible.
in the end...
Who Cares Right Now?
A special thanks to:
Gonzalo Mahou from Manta Ray Music
Baldvin Pálsson Dungal
Jón Sæmundur from Dead
Rasmus Seidler Krebs from Magick and Kronborggade 3.
Michel Bergner from Trip in Time
The medical staff at Landspitali hospital.