|origin||Elsterwerda , Germany|
|Genre (s)||Pop , indie pop|
Virginia Now! was a German Indie - Pop - band of Brandenburg , founded in April 1999 in Elsterwerda . In May 2010 it announced its dissolution for the end of the same year. The last concert was Virginia Jetzt! on October 22nd, 2010 in the Admiralspalast in Berlin .
The band became known through a demo CD that was received by the Berlin youth radio station Fritz and played there. Subsequently, the EP Mein Sein was released on the label Blickpunkt Pop , which achieved a high level of awareness in the indie pop scene. Director Benjamin Quabeck shot the first music video for them and from then on did this for all of the band's other singles. Virginia Now! quickly found numerous fans on their tours.
The first album Wer hat Angst vor Virginia Jetzt! Was released on the Motor label (Universal) in 2003 . (based on the play Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee ) and two single releases. The more pop- oriented album Beginners followed in 2004 and reached number 17 in the German album charts. As the most successful single to date, Ein Ganzer Sommer reached number 28.
After a discussion about possible accusations of nationalism - triggered by the band Mia. - upset the entire German music scene in September 2003 , Virginia Jetzt! Affected by these allegations, because the band had friendly contacts with Mia. and the bands had also made music together. The trigger for these allegations was the line of text This is my country, my people from the play Liebeslieder , which was published on the album Beginners . However, the band vehemently denied the allegations, including pointing out that the quote was used completely out of context, which in turn is a quote from Randy Newman's My Country .
On January 27, 2007 the album was released under Land . In March 2007 the "Land Unter Tour" followed through all of Germany - some concerts took place in Austria. In the summer of 2007, Virginia Now! see several times at festivals. They performed at the Hurricane Festival , the Bochum Total , the Melt and the Immergut , among others , and were guests at the MDR Jump Arena four times . On October 12, 2007, the single, Simply Love, was released in digital form.
After the "Land Unter Tour", Virginia took part now! started working on their last album, for this reason they only played one live concert in 2008. The album Blooming Landscapes was released in late August 2009. It was created in collaboration with Stefan Zauner from Münchener Freiheit , who was a guest singer and arranger. On May 24, 2010, the band announced their breakup. In October of the same year, she went on a farewell tour with well-known companions such as Juli , Fettes Brot , Klee and Madsen . In parallel, the band converted their official website into a souvenir album.
The name of the band goes back to an anecdote according to which the pianist Thomas Dörschel met a girl named Virginia shortly after the band was founded and invited her to a performance by the young band at the Immergut Festival . So that they don't get lost on the way to the performance, there are signs with the words Virginia Now turn! and direction arrows were painted and hung in Neustrelitz . The girl was ultimately not interested in the performance. In an interview in 2003, Mathias Hielscher stated that this story was "extremely made up".
Characteristic of the Virginia Now! are the harmonious and partly choral pop pieces that revolve around basic themes such as love, longing, youth and music.
The voice of the singer Nino Skrotzki, which is sometimes supported by piano or keyboard sounds by the songwriter Thomas Dörschel, is characteristic of the band's pieces. In the second album, which is generally more pop-heavy, you can clearly hear the influence of the American songwriter Ben Folds, whom Dörschel greatly appreciates .
- Virginia now! (Demo, 2000)
- Pop Hymns (Vinyl, 2001)
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Now! (2003)
- Beginner (2004)
- Beginners Tour Edition (2005)
- Beginners Tour d'amour (2005, digital)
- Land Under (2007)
- Blooming Landscapes (2009)
Singles and EPs
- My being (2002, EP and single)
- From Good Parents (2003, single)
- Triple Beautiful (2003, single)
- Christmas CD (2003, EP)
- A Whole Summer (2004, single)
- The Ordinary Life (2004, single)
- True Love (2005, single)
- Please don't stay when you leave (2006, EP and single)
- More Than That (2007, single)
- Live @ Bochum Total (2007, Live EP, digital)
- Simply Love (2007, single, digital)
- This End Will Be a Beginning (2009, single, digital)
- Mieze Katz from MIA. sings in the song Annabel says on the demo CD and in the songs Das Beste für Alle and Dreifach schön on the album Wer is afraid of Virginia Jetzt !? .
- In the song To Be Here , Francesco Wilking from Tele sings the background voice .
- Suzie von Klee sings in the song Leisegehen on the album Blooming Landscapes .