Songwriter John Sibley, better known as Victory Kicks, filled out a quick Q&A for us!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?
Tough question… Quite a lot of the time Victory Kicks is more of a solo project that sounds like a band. But over the last few years it’s involved friends from other London based bands who contribute parts to the songs and play in the band when we do shows. Other than my sister who plays drums, they’re all people I met through liking their music so I guess my first impressions must have been pretty great. Sorry, that’s a really boring answer so let’s say: not good and it still isn’t.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?
The last show we did before lockdown happened involved the drum kit basically disintegrating midway through the first song. We then had members of the crowd taking it in turns to hold it together. It turned what could have been a total disaster into probably the most fun I think I’ve ever had playing a show. It was audience participation in its most literal sense and an incredible level of commitment, above and beyond.
WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
Hmmm… great question. There are so many names going through my head right now… Er, let’s say Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices. He’s a bit of a hero of mine for a start and I love GBV so it’d be great to meet him. Also, given the way he works, we’d probably get several albums worth of material out of a couple of days.
WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
Ok, shameless plug coming up… My favourite Victory Kicks song is the latest single Mookie Betts. I’m not just saying that, honestly. I wrote and recorded the song right in the middle of the first lockdown and it was this hopeful, optimistic ray of light in an otherwise pretty bleak time. I really can’t wait to play it live for the first time.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?
Easy: Black coffee and a bag of Ruffles. To be honest, I wouldn’t restrict that to just a gas station either.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
I try and get inspiration from everyday life – the place I live, things I read in the news or conversations I overhear, the relationships between people. Anything that sparks some feeling in me, or that reveals something to me about myself or about others. I also read a lot and I often get ideas for songs from characters in books, imagining how I’d feel in their situation can be a useful way of getting ideas for lyrics.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
I think it would be both to have fun playing music – if it’s not fun then something isn’t right – and that the boring stuff really matters too: if you want to get anywhere as a DIY musician then you have to be a decent administrator and put in the hours.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR?
It’s going to be an exciting year. We’ve got a new single out at the moment with a couple more to follow. A new album later in the year. It’s all stuff that was recorded over the last year or so during lockdown so some of the songs have now been kicking around for a while, it’ll be great to finally have them out there. And hopefully the situation with Covid will continue improving in the UK and we might be able to do some shows again later in the year.