The Trans-Atlantic conversation is broadening.
The past decade has seen the United States and Britain's stranglehold on pop music broken, with Canada and Scandinavia producing countless critically acclaimed artists.
Sadly, though, Switzerland seems to be lagging behind in the popular imagination. This isn't due to some shortfall in decent acts, though. The nation boasts some three national languages, allowing it to act as a conduit for different cultures, different styles.
Velvet Two Stripes might just be able to break through. Consisting of sisters Sophie, Sara, and co-conspirator Franca, the band's sleazy riffing and blues charm allows them to sit alongside newcomers such as Deap Vally.
Already well known in their homeland, the band are now set to dent the British scene. Debut UK release 'Fire' drops this summer, and it's all leather thrills and helter-skelter drumming, scorched vocals and Delta blues guitar.
ClashMusic have been handed first play of Velvet Two Stripes' new video.
Watch it now.
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Velvet Two Stripes have arranged the following UK shows:
2 London Proud Gallery
16 Brighton The Great Escape
16 Southampton Avondale House
18 Brighton The Great Escape