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My Vitriol / Bio

My Vitriol are an alternative rock band from London, England. The band name, which is often misinterpreted, is taken from the novel Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. The band is often credited with initiating a new wave of Shoegaze, sometimes referred to as Nu Gaze, which bears comparison to genres of 1990s rock music from both sides of the Atlantic; both by American grunge bands such as Nirvana and as well as British "shoegazing" bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive.

The band had success in the early 2000s with three Top 40 hit singles in the UK Singles Chart and a UK Top 40 album, before announcing a hiatus at the height of their success. The group started releasing new material again in 2007.

*The band were one of the first unsigned bands to be playlisted on BBC Radio One and Xfm in the UK, with their single "Always: Your Way".

*The song "Always Your Way" was voted in 2002 as one of the best alternative songs written by Xfm listeners.

*Musical luminaries quoted praising the band include: Chino Moreno from the Deftones, Matthew Bellamy from Muse, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Shirley Manson and Butch Vig from Garbage and Brian Molko from Placebo.

*Despite being credited with ushering in a new wave of effect-laden guitar bands in the UK, who all draw parallels to the early '90s Shoegaze scene, the band claim to only have one record from that era: 'Loveless' by My Bloody Valentine.

*The video for their 2nd top 40 hit single "Grounded", starred notorious cult figure Vincent Gallo.

*They were signed after only 7 shows, 7 months of being together and with only 7 songs. Their logo, the chemical symbol for vitriol resembles a backwards 7.

*When their track "Cemented Shoes" was used on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, none of the band had heard of the show.

General Info

Artist Name
My Vitriol
Home Page
Alternative / Rock / NuGaze

Contact Info

London, UK