From Arctic Monkeys tributes to fresh material...The Vigilantes aim for a big break

The Vigilantes
The Vigilantes

A Boston band has taken it upon itself to fight a crime of its own... that it’s not too well known.

The Vigilantes consists of Curly (James Woodliffe), 20, on vocals and guitars, Alex Earle, 19, on bass guitar, Joe Desmond, 19, drums and backing vocals and Dom Whiffen, 19, on guitar.

Curly said the band started ‘for a laugh’ originally, playing a gig as an Arctic Monkeys tribute after two weeks of learning 30 of their songs.

He said: “After the gig we decided to start writing our own material whilst playing cover gigs around Boston such as the Axe & Cleaver and the Carpenter’s Arms. After 18 months of writing and playing together we went to Parlour Studios, in Kettering, to record six of our songs in three days, recording them live as we thought that represents the band best.

“We released the first song No Money on Soundcloud the day after coming back from the studio and it started to build significant plays, obtaining 500 plays in a week and 42 shares on our Facebook page, which was a pleasant surprise as we hadn’t asked people to share it and really thought people wouldn’t care.”

The band have had interest from a label called ‘Witchita Records’ who have had bands such as Bloc Party and My Morning Jacket on their books. They are waiting for a response from them.

The band have two notable gigs at the Axe and Cleaver this year, on October 10, and New Years Eve and are later this month releasing the ‘No Money EP’ on the Bandcamp website under a pay-what-you-want scheme.

The EP will feature three songs, No Money, Taken All My Chances and Wasted Time. Later in the year they are planning to do a vinyl release with another local Boston band called The Ultraviolet.

The band are currently planning a music video for an unreleased song, with a hopeful release of late September/early October, inspired by 90s home made films, Sooty and Arctic Monkeys’ track R U Mine?

From October they will be supporting The Subways on their UK October Tour at the Met Lounge, Peterborough. There will be a limited amount of tickets available, but if people want some message the bands’ Facebook page. Tickets are roughly £10. For more information see