Kurt Vile

Born 1980.
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Biography

Kurt Samuel Vile (born January 3, 1980) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer, best known for his solo material and as a former member of indie rock band The War on Drugs. Both in the studio and during live performances, Vile is accompanied by his backing band, The Violators, which currently includes multi-instrumentalists Jesse Trbovich and Rob Laakso, alongside drummer Kyle Spence.

Influenced by Pavement, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and John Fahey, Vile began his musical career creating lo-fi home recordings with frequent collaborator Adam Granduciel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The duo subsequently formed the indie rock band The War on Drugs, with Vile departing following the release of their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues (2008).

Focusing on his solo career, Vile released two albums, Constant Hitmaker (2008) and God Is Saying This to You... (2009), before signing to Matador Records, in May 2009, and releasing Childish Prodigy that same year. In 2011, Vile released his fourth studio album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, which significantly increased his exposure. His fifth studio album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, was released in 2013. He then released a new EP called "It's a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of So Outta Reach

    So Outta Reach 2011

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    Stray tracks from slacker-savant singer-songwriter.
  2. Review of Smoke Ring for My Halo

    Smoke Ring for My Halo 2011

    Reviewed by Noel Gardner
    A personal, private fourth LP from the Philadelphia native and select pals.
  3. Review of Childish Prodigy

    Childish Prodigy 2009

    Reviewed by Stevie Chick
    Like some obscure 70s rock LP discovered by chance in a charity shop.
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