Leipzig, Germany: whilst temperatures soar at home for this Southern Hemisphere band, Vulvodynia finds itself in frosty Europe today. Yet being “out in the cold” remains an ironic caption, since tonight begins the band’s tour with Canadian Deathcore heavyweights Despised Icon. Along with other tour cohorts, Archspire (Canada) and Malevolence (UK), the onslaught of aural brutality will criss-cross its way through much of Western Europe over the next 17 days; ending in Eindhoven, Netherlands on 24 February.
Vulvodynia: bearing the South African flag abroad
Whilst we perspire and curse and wish M4A headquarters had air conditioning in the height of South African Summer and our worst drought in 100 years, we caught up with these brutal ambassadors abroad in the cold North to learn more about the tour. With four visits to Europe in 2017 alone, Vulvodynia members are no strangers abroad; yet this tour will put them through some fresh trials in their mushrooming career.
“This tour is such a dream come true for us! We have all been listening to Despised Icon since the early 2000s and hitting the road with them for seventeen shows is absolutely mind blowing. We have been working with booking giants ‘Avocado Booking’ for this tour and we are finally able to witness how some of the biggest bands and promoters in this genre do things.” ~ Duncan Bentley (vocals,Vulvodynia)
Duncan also points out how the band is at its point in evolution of becoming a business; although with that comes mounting pressure as crew members are appointed and the rentals accumulate. Nonetheless, Vulvodynia radiates excitement enough to defeat the nerves at this important juncture in the bands career.
“This will be the first time we tour with a proper bus and crew and we cannot wait to experience it all. I must admit we are quite nervous for this tour as we will be playing to a brand new audience each night as well as tons of important people from big labels, bands and companies! Nervousness aside our set is sounding tighter than ever and we are ready to show Europe how South African does things” ~ Duncan Bentley
There can be no Victory without Sacrifice
Make no mistake, it’s not all play and no work. Many bands confined to local scenes fail to appreciate the full extent of doing extreme music professionally. In this, Vulvodynia is pioneering into an area which no South African based metal band has managed in more than two decades.
“For us it’s been a huge commitment to make this happen, and it’s made our lives really hard. It always blows our minds when we’ve realized we’ve actually made these things work out. I don’t know how we keep doing this, but this is all we’ve ever wanted and we are finally living our dreams. This is the tour that’s just going to take everything to the next level!” ~ Kris Xenopoulos (guitar, Vulvodynia)