The Virgins aren’t a new act, but with three new members (John Eatherly, Xan Aird and Max Kamins) now forming the band with front-man Donald Cumming, and no release since their 2008 self-titled debut record, they have a lot to prove.
Their new track Venus In Chains will no-doubt be measured against the pop expectations set up by their previous danceable tracks like One Week of Danger and Rich Girls, which earned their debut record a 7/10 NME review and four stars from Rolling Sone.
The song details the fancying of a feminist woman. It builds up nicely from relaxed dueling riffs in the opening salvo and lyrics like ‘she is a tiger, no-one can cage her’ into an effective build-up, and quickly into the chorus by the forty second mark. It then repeats this tried-and-tested pop structure.
It’s the same quick stereotypical catchy pop they became know for those four long years ago, and it still works. My only qualm is the predictable ryhme of ‘girl’ and ‘world’ which seems to appear in such a multitude of pop songs that you barely even notice it here. It’ll take more tracks and the presumably upcoming album to prove if they can still garner success, but one thing’s for sure; they’ve still got the knack for pop gems.
You can listen to the track here:
Picture courtesy of Rolling Stone website.