In just a few days' time, folk-pop act The New Victorians will be marking the launch of their debut album Seeker Seeker with a full-on live performance at the Earth Garden Festival taking placein Ta' Qali this weekend. The album was launched during a press conference last week at Waterbiscuit in St. Julians, but as one might expect, taking the album's content into a live setting and letting the music do the talking is perhaps where the real test lies. And if past performances are anything to go by, all those attending are in for a real treat.
Originally a duo consisting of siblings Bettina and Philippa, The New Victorians now consists of 5 members. Work on Seeker Seeker started at Jagged House Studios with producer and mentor Howard Keith around 2 years ago. "The first thing that struck me about this act is their songwriting", Keith said in a comment. "The second thing was that I could really feel their energy and how contagious it was".
The 13-track album follows the band's well-received EP, which had introduced The New Victorians to the Maltese public thanks to radio hit songs such as Tom, Dick & Harry, Dustpile and their acclaimed interpretation of Queen's Somebody to Love, which has now clocked up more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Spanning different styles, from folk to electronic sounds and pop to jazz, this album is packed with quality songs that truly merit the overwhelming feedback that has been piling in from critics in Malta as well as abroad.
The launch concert will take place on Friday, June 5 at the Greek Theatre, Ta' Qali as part of the Earth Garden Festival. The concert will feature special guests Ira Losco, Gianluca Bezzina, a choir, a visual show incorporating all the songs on Seeker Seeker and some moire surprises. Finger style guitarist Chris Tanti will be the supporting act. The album is available from all leading record shops or online at www.jaggedhouse.com and other online portals.