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"Heard U Say" is a song roughly about human artifice and social constructionism," Rory explains. "There was something about the riff (which came first) that made me think about the ways in which we try to convince ourselves that we have figured out what it is we're supposed to be doing with our time, and our predisposition to rationalize all aspects of our lives. This recording also features a cowbell, which post-SNL sketch usually gets associated with Blue Oyster Cult, but the inspiration here was Queens of the Stone Age's "Little Sister"."
In mid to late 2005, McVicar's demo received heavy rotation on the BBC Radio 1 Onemusic shows, helmed by Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank. This led to an appearance at In The City in Manchester, as part of Radio 1 Unsigned; as well as the recording of a live Maida Vale session for the show. The track 'Little One', which was the first song on the CD-R, clocked in at number 20 in the traditional end of year Festive Fifty countdown.
McVicar's first release was a split 7" single on HowlbackHum with electronic artist Hoofus, featuring the song "Hide Yrself". Another single, this time on NRone records, called "The Things You Do" followed shortly thereafter.
In November 2007, McVicar released his self-titled debut album on the Series 8 label. The album picked up favourable reviews across the British music press, with singles "Now That You're Mine" and "No More Do I Care" getting airplay across the dial.
Subsequent tours followed, including festival appearances in the UK and mainland Europe, as well as support slots for Josh T. Pearson, Bat For Lashes and Jason Molina. McVicar went on to play guitar on the first solo album released by Nat Johnson, entitled 'Roman Radio' and Emma Kupa's debut EP "Home Cinema".
In February 2010, McVicar released his second album, 'Another Sleepless Night' on his own Lonesome Goodnight Recordings label. The album was released digitally, as well as on heavy-weight vinyl, via http://rorymcvicar.co.uk/
Presently, McVicar is putting the finishing touches to his third album, to be released in 2017, following the release of the Toothache/Alone I'll Be 7" on Static Caravan records in 2016.
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