First emerging in 2014 under his own name, David Luximon-Herbert, the Scots singer-songwriter has developed a sound blending blues, Americana and alt folk
A MELANCHOLIC number blending blues, Americana and alt folk, it just sucks you in.
A perfect appetiser for his debut album For She Who Hangs The Moon, which is due out next year.
Vive La Rose is the alias of London-based Scots singer-songwriter David Luximon-Herbert.
From Edinburgh he went south around ten years ago.
Previously performing under his own name, Vive La Rose first emerged in 2014 with the critically acclaimed Don’t Move, Don’t Speak EP.
He explained: “Vive La Rose has been a bit of a clean slate really, creatively and personally. It can be whatever I want from project to project or show to show, and the line-up can be fluid and change along the way.
“The core band I have at the moment is incredible. I can’t wait for our first show together on Wednesday at The Harrison in London.”
He added: “Previously, the music I have made has been dictated by the resources available. Not having a band meant that I resorted to default acoustic singer-songwriter territory.
“From the outset with this record, the mission statement was pretty clear. If I could make one record, with no restrictions on budget or instrumentation and arrangement, what could I do, and what could it sound like? And then how do we make that happen, on a budget of next to nothing?
“The main change is that I’ve focussed on learning the piano over the last couple of years, and that has really opened up the writing side for me.”
The album was recorded over the past couple of years including stints at Crows Nest and Air Studios in London and Yellow Arch in Sheffield.
David said: “It was mostly recorded with Olly Betts of the Duke Spirit and Max Harris Project, and features string arrangements from Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley) and the Up North Orchestra.
Nicky Francis from Mono Club came in on the first day to record drums and was phenomenal.
“He gave the whole thing a great engine from the get go. There’s also a couple of gorgeous brass solos, courtesy of Terry Edwards, who has worked with the likes of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave in the past.
“As an album, it’s quite varied in terms of sound and style but hopefully it works as a whole piece.”
David is set for a special homecoming Vive La Rose show at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh on March 17. He used to run an acoustic night in the converted church.
He said: “I feel like I’ve learned the hard way — that you really have to put in the graft and things don’t happen overnight.
“But keep your powder dry, be patient and persistent and, if it’s good, something will happen.”
STORY CREDIT ~ Jim Gellatly