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Other // Belfast, Down

Virgins are a shoegaze band with Michael Smyth at the hazy centre, joined by vocalist Rebecca Dow and completed by David Sloan on rhythm guitar, Brendy McCann on bass and James Foy on drums. Virgins were born after a lust to satiate a musical thirst. A chance encounter with a Slow Crush record ushered Michael on the ethereal cloudy path of shoegaze, then with a board of fuzz and reverb pedals set out to create Virgins. This lead to Virgins working with Jonny Woods (Wynona Bleach) and releasing debut single Vows in August 2021 to an unprecedented response; premiering on whitelight-whiteheat, comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream era and “Cocteau Twins with extra guitar and drums, exquisite.” The track was picked up by Golden Plec, Chordblossom, played on Q Radio and ATL. Shoegaze Blog broke their rule of not covering singles for Vows “deafening dream pop’. Initially conceived as a band with a revolving door policy which would have Michael record the material and have it brought to life by a live band, this changed once the current line up joined. Virgins are now a fully formed band. Virgins are fresh new talent that offer something no one else in this country is doing. Through the haze of fuzz and reverb lies a beautiful cacophony of melody.