Go Violets first started out as an experimental acoustic project between Phoebe and Alice in the summer of 2009. After trialling a bunch of boy drummers and buying an old drum kit on eBay, the girls decided to scout more members into the project. Though it was never a deliberate decision to form an all-star girl band, Go Violets gravitated towards girl musician friends that surrounded them. They convinced then fellow housemate Christiana to play bass and Ruby, a wandering pixie, to join in on drums. Soon they were a four-piece banging out jangly chords and Ramonesy-like rhythms in a cramped downstairs shed in Woolloongabba, Brisbane.
Go Violets’ first single ‘Runner’ was a hit on 4ZZZ’s 2012 Hot 100 and was included in FBi Radio’s Best Australian Songs of 2012. Their second single ‘Teenager’ won them a spot on BIGSOUND 2012, thanks to airplay on triple j, FBi radio and 4ZZZ. Their homemade film clip for the song also made it to NME’s digital TV station.
‘Josie’, the band’s first 2013 single, retained Go Violets’ pop sensibilities while encompassing a darker mood. Recorded and produced by Sean Cook (Yves Klein Blue), the distorted ballad marks a growth in the band’s sound.
Go Violets’ debut EP is due for release in Spring 2013.