If 2013 was a good year for Dundee’s Vladimir, then 2014 was an even better one. Whilst there was only one record, ‘Smoke Eyes’ was a corker and the B-side, their cover of ‘Born Slippy’ helped win them a lot of attention.
It was a year of great gigs for the band (see below) and I’ve been left with the distinct impression that they’ve climbed the ladder a couple of rungs in the last 12 months.
Ahead of their support slot at the sold out Twilight Sad show in Glasgow on Friday, Ross, Peter, Josh and Sam look back on their 2014 with Andy Wood.
Your Own Music
Your own musical highlight of the year?
R: Going on tour with The Twilight Sad was unreal. Playing music every night and having a good time is why I do this. T in The Park was pretty special too there’s been so many good times this year.
P: Being on tour with the Twilight Sad for a week.
J: Supporting The Fall at a bowling club in Salford.
S: Festivals were a great experience, T and Wickerman as well as plenty others but the whole year has been amazing and totally overwhelming.
Favourite performance of the year?
S: I don’t think we can gauge that as we get better and tighter every time we play. Saying that Tenement Trail was unreal; over capacity venue in Glasgow at 2 in the afternoon.
P: It would have to be our set at TITP, something I have wanted to do since picking up the guitar.
R: We played show up in Elgin last month in a tiny pub and I totally loved it. That proved again exactly what the band is about. It doesn’t matter where you are or how many people are there as long as everyone in the room at that moment feels like nothing else matters.
What’s the one thing that went wrong in 2014 you’d like to fix?
P: Nothing, 2014 has been pretty kind.
S: This year’s been too amazing to think about negatives I think.
R: United losing the Scottish Cup final apart from that it’s been the best year of my life so far.
What you gonna be doing next year?
S: Everything. I think naturally we all know this is what we want to do and we all want to progress and get bigger and better.
R: Hopefully we will make another step up which I think we are totally capable of. Playing to as many people as possible is always the goal.
P: Same old stuff, Lots of gigs and hopefully a few releases.
3 LPs you’ve listened to the most in 2014?
P: Mobb Deep The Infamous. Adrian Younge – Something About April, Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters.
J: Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Love And Hate. Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg. Adam Green – Friends of Mine.
R: The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave. The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads. Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony.
S: Interpol – El Pintor, Tame Impala – Lonerism, Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else.
Best gig attended?
S: The Twilight Sad TITP
R: The Libertines at the Barras was something I never thought I’d get to see. I had a little moment with myself at that gig.
P: Kendrick Lamar at Primavera but that’s going to change after the Twilight Sad gig on 19th December…
J: Conan Mockasin at King Tuts.
Best discovery in 2014?
P: My mate Jamie showed me a really cool guy called the Child of Lov (R.I.P).
R: Bad breeding
J: Cold Coffee.
Who should we be looking out for in 2015?
R: There’s a couple of great bands in Glasgow called The Van Ts and WHITE. I think they’ll both do really well in 2015.
P: Krooked Saints.
Anything and Everything
Event of 2014?
R: Vladimir in Mark E Smiths dressing room.
P: Having a drink with Mark E Smith.
S: Primavera Sound Festival.
Hero of 2014?
P: Andy fae The Twilight Sad.
J: David Spears.
S: Scotty Russell.
R: Peter Mackenzie.
Lowpoint of 2014?
P: When we were coming back from Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, I completely fucked up the directions and took us on a 2 hour detour. That was a bad day.
R: Scottish Cup Final.
J: 1st of January.
Villain of 2014?
R: My Mum.
P: I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
Favourite book of 2014?
P: Prodigy from the Mobb’s autobiography My Infamous Life.
Favourite film of 2014?
R: The Equaliser
J: The Grand Budapest Hotel.
P: Can’t think of any films but I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series Power.
Best piece of advice you were given in 2014?
R: We’re all here for the same thing and that is to live, so no one will ever be better or worse than you.
P: I have probably forgot it!
S: Had so much advice and words of encouragement it’s impossible to pick one.
Something to look forward to in 2015?
J: Being productive.
R: Bigger and Better.
P: Looking forward to hearing The View’s new record which is being produced by Albert Hammond Jr.
S: Anything and Everything.
Previously on MPT
‘Smoke Eyes’ single review