Vive La Rose, otherwise known to his friends as David Luximon-Herbert, combines emotive anecdotes and a sense of feel-good, capturing something hopeful with new single, Rio Grande, which was out on 9th February 2018 via Gestation Records.

David spoke with The Fountain about his plans for 2018, his upcoming gig in Edinburgh and the joy of releasing a new single, however nervy it may be.

TF: Exciting stuff with a new single release, you must be ecstatic?

Ecstatic, relieved, scared…all in equal measure I reckon. It’s great to get something out, it feels like it’s been burning a hole in my back pocket since we finished the album at the end of last year. I always find it incredibly nervy, as you don’t know whether it’s going to resonate with anyone or just disappear into the ether, but so far, the reaction to it has been really lovely and people have been really kind, so I’m genuinely quite touched.

TF: And what inspired the title, Rio Grande?

The song is really about wanting to travel and craving adventure, almost being desperate for it, and America has always been one of the places I’ve always wanted to explore properly. The Rio Grande is obviously the river that forms part of the border between Mexico and the USA, and along which “King Trump” wants to build “the wall”, so while the song is very optimistic and hopeful, it is tinged with a bit of sadness and anger at the same time.

TF: And are you following this with a full promo tour?

Not for the single, though we will be doing a small UK tour later in the year in support of the album release. Just trying to find the right home for it at the moment…

TF: And are we likely to see you perform in Scotland soon?

We are playing at the Assembly Roxy on the 17th March, which I can’t wait for. It’s such a beautiful venue, and the sound is incredible. I used to run a night called Out Front there years ago before moving away, so will be great to come back and do something a bit different with a stripped down version of the band. We’re playing with a dear friend of mine Richie Gallacher, and it’s a hometown show, so should be a great atmosphere on the night.

TF: Which has been your favourite gig to date?

We played a sold out show at the Harrison in London in November, which was my first gig in two years, and the first with the full band (Simon Willey, Antonin Vanneyre, Nicky Francis). It was also the first time I’d played any of these songs live, so it felt like a special moment, and this huge cathartic release. But it was such a great night, it felt like everyone was really in it together, and I was on a high for a good few days afterwards. We’re back there in April, so here’s hoping we can do something similar.

Vive Le Rose will be performing at the Assembly Roxy on 17th March.