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On the Road to Rebellion with Viki Vortex and the Cumshots

Viki Vortex and the Cumshots were formed in 2008 in Girona, Catalunya. Viki Vortex and the Cumshots are Steve (from 70’s band The Spurts) on guitar, Viki Vortex on mouth and bass and Theo (from Long Tall Texans) on drums. They mix the influences of 70’s punk, 50’s rockabilly and any other trashy music they love – basically fast, stroppy, loud, colourful and sarcastic.

Photography by Chris Hill

Is this your first time playing Rebellion? If not, when / how many times have you played before?

This is our 4th year playing at Rebellion since Viki Vortex and the Cumshots first played in 2015. Although Steve and I played as guitar and bass for Glitter Trash in 2014 (after an hour’s rehearsal the day before!)

 

What tips for other musicians do you have on applying to play Rebellion?

Persistence! And go!! We applied to play for a number of years before getting that ‘yes’ email but always attended as music fans ourselves. It’s an awesome festival and we would go regardless of if we were playing or not. If you’re in a band, be a fan of the music as well, and support all the bands playing! Well, maybe not all – I mean, it’s tough to see all 300 or so bands although our record is watching over 50 bands last year. You gotta have some time to go to the bar.

 

What is your all-time favourite Rebellion performance/moment? Who/what is your dream Rebellion performance?

There are far too many to count! When we played that first note on the Arena stage of 2015, it was amazing – I didn’t stop smiling the entire weekend. As for other bands, losing my voice to Argy Bargy and Drongos for Europe has always been a bittersweet highlight. Dancing with strangers and friends while watching the Buzzcocks; the way the Bar Stool Preachers played an almost acoustic set a couple of years ago and managed to get the entire pub off their chairs and dancing; seeing heroes from my youth, like Descendents, Social Distortion, Rancid and other epic bands in a friendly family festival setting is amazing and can’t be topped.

 

What is a must-have thing (what do you always bring that you cannot leave home without?) for Rebellion?

I’d say my Nespresso machine, but it always gets removed from our limited luggage space before we fly over from Catalunya. So I’d say Ibuprofen, water, and the mini-Cumshots.

 

Best hangover cure? (If you are sober, what beverage or food keeps you going for Rebellion?)

Keep going? No wait, that’s not sensible. Espresso, water and having the fry up in the B&B every morning is a must. Those fry-ups are usually the only meals of the weekend. Whoops.

 

What song can the audience NOT miss out on seeing you play?

Well, all of them, obviously. But I’m particularly excited about Hypocrite and we’re introducing a new tune, Cover Up, into the set that we’ve only played live once. You can’t miss that, I might fuck it up!

What day, time and stage are you performing?

We’re opening the Casbah stage on Friday at 12:40. Come and clear the hangovers with us!

 

What are you currently working on or currently promoting? 

We’ve got a few new tunes in the works and aiming for a new album or something probably in the new year. But we still have a few copies left of our latest album, An Altered State of Mine (complete with 3d glasses). We also have some new t-shirts for this year! So come check out our merch table – and grab a beer mat! You can keep up with the latest news on www.21dots.com or our facebook page www.facebook.com/vikivortexandthecumshots

 

What is the best thing for you about Rebellion?

The amazing friendships that we make. Seeing bands in a relatively intimate setting. Here in Europe, the festivals with the big bands tend to be huge and outdoors and sweaty and crowded. I love the fact that you can watch an Almost Acoustic set in the comfort of the pub and then head over to the Empress Ballroom to see the Adicts! Also discovering some new bands on the RIS stage!

 

What do you think could be improved for your Rebellion experience?

An espresso bar and a cocktail bar! Or mobile cocktail bar? Or mobile espresso bar? Preferably following me around serving espresso martinis.

 

Feel free to add anything you think would benefit the readers

Pace yourself – there are so many bands to see, friends to chat with and drinks to be drunk over the four days that you should have a ‘plan’. We always have a list (Simon Coppo does a great spreadsheet !) highlighted with the bands we want to see. I’m not saying things don’t go a little tits up by the end of the day, but having a plan is better than flying blind!

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