Violent Soho is one of my core clients and is an Australian rock band from Queensland, Australia. Violent Soho includes band members Luke Boerdam, James Tidswell, Luke Henry and Michael Richards. Violent Soho debuted their first EP, Pigs and T.V., back in 2006. I remember buying a copy at The Zoo when they supported The Grates. I wish I could find it now. For a band that formed in 2004 in the Brisbane suburb of Mansfield, Violent Soho have cemented their position as one of Australia’s premier rock bands.
Many publications called Violent Soho’s early sound as similar to The Vines. If you remember The Vines, they were a 90’s-sounding grunge act that had a whole bunch of songs you would know if you heard them.
Back in 2008, they appeared on the Laneway Festival lineup, and almost 10 years later, I joined them on their return to the festival. Faker took Soho on the road to tour their album, We Don’t Belong Here, before heading overseas to play shows in the UK and USA. Australian music festivals also invited Violent Soho to play on stacked lineups, including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival and Homebake (oh the memories).
In 2009, Violent Soho signed with Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)’s record label, Ecstatic Peace! Records and released their second album. Jesus Stole My Girlfriend was the first single, and the album was carefully produced by the same producer who had previously worked with The Pixies.
2011 saw the band back on Laneway Festival, supporting Jebediah, and on a Les Savy Fav-organised festival in the United Kingdom. The Arctic Monkeys asked Violent Soho to escort them around Australia in 2012 before being nominated for an ARIA award. The Band then went onto sign with I Oh You and released a double-sided single for Tinderbox and Neighbour Neighbour.
Violent Soho – Hungry Ghost
Violent Soho recorded their follow-up album, Hungry Ghost, at Brisbane’s iconic studio, The Shed in 2013. ‘In The Aisle’, was the first single from the album and had a video released for it, and soon after followed videos for ‘Covered In Chrome’ and ‘Saramona Said’.
Violent Soho – WACO
In 2016, Violent Soho and I linked up while they created and prepared their fourth studio album, WACO. WACO stormed the ARIA charts and went on to win the band two ARIA awards (Best Rock Album and Best Group)
The photography albums below document everything since then.