The Violet Kind is an exciting indie rock trio, playing catchy melodies entwined with bright chords and an experimental rhythm section. Influenced by Foals, Alt J, Paramore and Death Cab for Cutie, the band produce memorable songs with clever musicality.
After performing at Hard Rock Rocks, a music festival held in 2015 by Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh, Liam Duffy joined forces with Katya Mansell and Kyle Grieve to form The Violet Kind. The band performed at a successful stream of gigs at venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow such as The Mash House and Electric Circus before recording their debut single, Walk Away. The song received critical acclaim and was included in the Best of British Unsigned podcast in 2017. The Violet Kind are also featured in the Richer Unsigned guide in association with Q magazine.
In 2017 with new member Kyle Hamilton, the band was chosen from over 800 applicants across the UK to perform at the o2 ABC Glasgow for the regional heats of A Shot at Discovery, a competition run in association with The Pogues and Academy Events. Following this, Katya Mansell was selected to attend the Girls I Rate Get Heard A&R listening event held by songwriter Carla-Marie Williams in association with PRS for Music and Island Records. She was then invited to sing and share some thoughts covered in her writing at the Festival of Politics at The Scottish Parliament. Involved in fundraising, the band performed at All in for Rohingya, an event hosted by BBC’s Sanjeev Kohli and Kawser Quamer. To top off the year, The Violet Kind won a day recording at the iconic Gorbals Sound studio in Glasgow, a competition held in association with Resonate; Scotland’s newest music industry event.
The Violet Kind have released their debut EP entitled OXTR, recorded at Post Electric Studio by Rod Jones of Idlewild and The Birthday Suit, mixed and mastered by Rob Thomas at LongWave Studios (Twin Atlantic, The Blackout, Funeral for a Friend). Speakeasy, the first single from the EP has been played on Amazing Radio with Jim Gellatly and received critical acclaim by the likes of The Skinny, Tenement TV and Team Rock. The Violet Kind were named as ‘UK Artist of the Week” by The Vinyl District and “a standout among today’s music” by Guitar Girl Magazine.