I’m all about fierce femmes in the rock world. It’s always awesome to see a front woman steer the ship. But it’s especially impressive when the majority of the band is driven by the ‘fairer sex’ and they bend (or in this case, smash) rock stereotypes.
Velvet Two Stripes are a band from London, producing music from their tiny flat in North London. ‘Gypsy‘ is a track that comes from their second album ‘Devil Dance‘ that was released this year and the album that totally caught my eye. With gravely belting vocals that at times break to be soothingly sweet, sharp riffs and mosh-pit worthy energy, Velvet Two Stripes are fiercely squaring up to the big boys.
Think Jack White, Rival Sons with a hint of Deap Valley and you have a potent Velvet Two Stripes concoction.
‘Gypsy’ for me is a really empowering song. The protagonist watches the Gypsy in clover fields, seemingly free and careless and asks to be let into their secret (“share your trick with me to help me make it through“). The song concludes with a decision for action: “guess it’s time for me to leave this rat race and move on“. The encounter has been transformative (and perhaps romantic?).
Have a listen to this pure rock & roll gold by the Velvet Two Stripes here: