Having teased us with a series of singles this year, Swiss trio Velvet Two Stripes are ready to unveil their new album ‘Sugar Honey Iced Tea’. Bursting with attitude and galvanising energy, the 9-track offering shows off the band’s signature blues-rock style.
Highlights from the album include the focus track ‘This House is Built on Sand’, a track that shows off the band’s musicality, incorporating a banjo that really sets the haunting tone for the single. ‘Catch 22’ is a slower and more soulful offering but every bit as rich as their most powerful tracks.
Velvet Two Stripes aren’t afraid to get personal and political in their music and often draw from their own experiences which can be heard on the penultimate track ‘FU’. “That track points out the at times awful confrontations, encounters and contradictions that women are experiencing all day every day. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician on or beside the stage, as a university student, a teacher or a barkeeper.” Velvet Two Stripes add.
In 2020 Velvet Two Stripes’ tour ended two weeks before hitting the studio to record ‘Sugar Honey Iced Tea’. They got invited by the young and adventurous producer Nick Kaufmann into the Relief Studios in Belfaux in the Western part of Switzerland. The first day in the studio was the first day of the Swiss lockdown.
Velvet Two Stripes describe how recording during lockdown massively influenced the creative process:
“While our friends are confronted with Corona and isolation we have been in our own bubble aside from the pandemic and apocalyptic moods. But our trip to the studio from Zurich to Belfaux was strange. There were no cars on the highways – but we encountered military tanks and trucks.”
The governmental decreed isolation underlines the band’s solitude even more. “Because we were in the hinterland, surrounded by cows and dung, completely walled-off from our ordinary lives, our jobs and university, we could focus entirely on the recordings. All this lead to an atmosphere much more intimate. We fiddled about from early mornings till late at night.”