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“Um, I’ll have the crude, smart-mouthed siren in the red-dress & peplum…the one spitting candy-coated razor blades into the face of heteropatriarchy…the gender-fucking femme swinging from meat hooks under the neon glow of projector lights…yes, Violent Vickie please: Put it Down on Me.”  

Annah Anti-Palindrome, musician & writer

“Violent Vickie is a rebellious pit of energy that has the ability to make you feel dirty and gritty, but in a naughty-feel-good way. Side effects to her music include: sudden urges to blow pot smoke in an officer’s face, break into abandoned buildings and have sex in public places. What gives the sound such grit are  the eerie waves of bass-heavy vibrations, the looping and layering of sound effects, the steady thumping beats and the melodic keys providing an ‘up’ element to the otherwise heavy sound. Her vocals are thick spilling from her lips like a sticky cotton candy explosion. The softness in her voice comes off dark with intensity and glamour which contrasts the sharpness of her themes that revolve around broken social contructs and feminist issues.The richness and complexity of her sound latches on like a succubus; so, good luck fighting off withdrawls 😉

Attempting to classify Violent Vickies as electro pop or industrial punk is a giant waste of time. Without skipping a beat her sound can vary from a soft seduction to a raucuous spew. This gives the music a human-like quality in it’s ability to make her album, Monster Alley, a multi-dimensional exploration of the hard/soft complexity of the human existance. In February of this year, Violent Vickie released a roaring combustion of agression in her EP, “Fuck You!!!!!” The bay area attitude/influence is completely apparent in the band’s perspective.”

Tentacle Ears

“…VIOLENT VICKIE, a rising star in the Electro Clash scene, with an ITALO DISCO dance track sound, deliciously complimented by goth punk nihilism and a certain sardonic feminine mystic.”

Resident Advisor

“San Francisco based electro pop femme fatal musician, Violent Vickie has released a new single. This aggressive pop punk song entitled, Men, is a track from full length album, Monster’s Alley, which is a collection off kilter and uniquely composed electronic tracks that will attract riot grrrls and punk rockers alike.”

The Deli Magazine

“…edgy, raw, socio-politically conscious, and a bit funny…”

SF Weekly

“Violent Vickie beats up your eardrums with a danceable, electro-punk sound.”

SF Gate

“While Violent Vickie has a similar penchant for ominous yet danceable sounds, her work is rooted in house and disco, with pulsating, four-to-the-floor beats that foreground looming synth lines and gritty, punk-inflected vocals. Her lyrics are often about seduction, but Violent Vickie uses her blunt humor to rail against capitalism and the male gaze.”

East Bay Express

“Created and led by the fittingly named Vickie, Violent Vickie ropes in all the senses with its art, mashing electronic creativity with punk rock ethos and then adding to the equation through slide projections or digital imagery displayed behind the band. It’s a site to see, hear and behold. Past Violent Vickie shows have incorporated imagery of “creepy kittens” and dildos, according to Facebook. It’s hard to envision Violent Vickie not being well received when they hit Oly Friday.”

Weekly Volcano

“With a voice hauntingly evocative of Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Vickie’s wryly insightful lyrics are thought-provoking like Le Tigre and Peaches before her.”  

Curve Magazine (print)

Violent Vickie takes to the stage and brings a different kind of energy.  The L.A. based artist, who has a Pseudonym worthy of a punk princess, toys with the audience, casually inviting people up on stage to play the drums.  Cupping the microphone to her lips she declares; “If anyone wants to go-go dance, feel free!” 

Soft, sensual, feminine vocals clash against uncompromising beats and provocative lyrics which are sometimes cynical, but all delivered in a seamless blend of electro pop.  It’s hot and humid upstairs.  The atmosphere is palpable.  “This might be one of those shows where I have to take my shirt off,” Vickie informs the delighted crowd who erupt into emphatic cheers moments before she launches into the seductive ‘Come and Run’.  The song’s powerful, raw, yet playful narrative is reminiscent of electro icon Peaches.  “This is a song about a bad sex experience,” she purrs.  The audience are then treated to the deliciously hedonistic ‘Drugs’, the playfully narcissistic ‘No Me, No Mine, No I’ and the thought-provoking ‘Control’, which holds a cynical mirror up to the Pharmaceutical industry.  As everything leads up to the final song, ‘Lies’, Vickie’s vocals reverberate around the venue and leave the audience breathlessly wanting more.”

The Girls Are (UK)

“Violent Vickie are an amazing synthpop/riot GRRRL band……whether it was ionically charged atmosphere, or the innumerable support acts, by the time Violent Vickie took the stage, every person in the awkwardly shaped Waterloo venue was jammed to the front, craning to see.”

 You’re Only Massive (Berlin)

“If you’re a fan of music that has depth, a purpose and pushes right through the boundaries into a brand new, electric world, then Violent Vickie should definitely be on your radar.” 

The Girls Are (UK) 

 “Do you like electro-punk, multimedia projections, drum machines, dancing, violence, queers, queer activism, no wave, new wave, Le Tigre, Lady Gaga, Glass Candy, Miss Kitten, real kittens, poetry, lipstick, spandex, baby-doll dresses, heels, sparkles, combat boots, the color pink, drugs, or feminism? If you’ve said yes to two or more of these, then you should probably go to this show by these two new electro artists from San Francisco. “

Seattle Stranger 

“Going to a Violent Vickie show allows one to see how punk pesters pop to be something better, to re-imagine itself in a culture [devoid] of lackluster glitz and empty verses.”

Scream Queens (print)

“Vickie’s homemade electronic beats, scornful lyrics, and bewitching melodies meet our post-00s Peaches needs like no other…..[Violent Vickie’s] aesthetic and sound borrows from the earnest (and non-pretentious?) attitude of kids, the humor of post-punk adults, playful naughtiness of queer music and performance, and the fierce IDGAF of riot grrrl and feminist punk.”

Mask Magazine

Following in the footsteps of the iconic electropop band Le Tigre, Violent Vickie breathes a new punk rock ethos into electronic music.  

Quirky NY Chick