INDIE-PUNK rockers Pretty Vicious are back on tour and for fans of the young band it’s not a moment too soon.

The Merthyr four-piece, who play The Joiners on Wednesday, were one of the breakthrough acts of 2015, but record company wrangling beyond their control meant things went quiet in 2016 after what was an explosive start.

Fought over by major labels after their early demos triggered a whirlwind of expectation, they signed to Virgin Records in early 2015, played Glastonbury and Isle of Wight and supported Manic Street Preachers at Cardiff Castle.

They came to The Railway Inn, Winchester in May 2015, then to The Joiners where single Are You Ready for Me had its first live performance the following November. Thousands watched them at Common People and Victorious festivals in the summer of 2016.

Now front man Brad Griffiths, drummer Elliot Jones, bassist Jarvis Morgan and guitarist Tom McCarthy say they’re free again to roam the valleys and re-create the shock and awe sound that is so exciting in tunes like Cave Song, It’s Always There and Down My Way.

Expect to hear new music too after the band’s sessions with producer Dan Austin at Monnow Valley studios in Monmouth. New track These Four Walls is already available on their website.

Pretty Vicious play The Joiners Wednesday March 14. Support comes from Northern Ireland’s Brand New Friend and Southsea’s Aaron Middleton, fresh from supporting The Sherlocks in Portsmouth in February. Tickets at

Richard Derbyshire