The Violet Kind have released EP OXTR, via Kindness Records to shout a powerful message about rape culture, pushing boundaries, about those that survive and come out the other side of sexual violence.

The band spoke with The Fountain about how they acquired their name, their favourite gig at The Old Hairdressers and what we are likely to expect from them later in the year.

TF: A new single release, you must be excited?

Totally! It’s really exciting to see the way something develops from the very first idea to the final creation, and then to be able to share that with the world – OXTR is something that we’re really proud of and it’s great to get it out there. We’ve had a really great response and are so thankful for that.

TF: And are you working on any EPs or albums to release later on in the year, what can we expect from you this year?

Yeah! We have already recorded a couple of singles and will be recording more before the year is out! We have a list of producers we’d love to work with and it’s always exciting to see what you can create in the studio!

TF: And where did you draw the inspiration for your band name from?

Well, this is a story! Liam genuinely believed that we chose The Violet Kind because Katya wanted the word ‘kind’ in the name and violet is a nice colour! It was literally about six months later that he realised there was a much deeper meaning! There was a ?lm Katya went to see at the Edinburgh Film Festival a few years ago called Violet by Bas Devos (2014). It was a captivating story about a traumatic event, but the cinematography was the absolutely stunning. It was amazing to see how something painful could be made it to something so beautiful. From that, the word kind was added because if we were all a little kinder to each other, so much pain wouldn’t happen. That’s what The Violet Kind do – we take pain and turn it in to something beautiful.

TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?

We certainly are! We had a packed out double header in Edinburgh and Glasgow and are planning a UK tour at the end of the year! Check out the website to be the ?rst to hear of tour dates which will be announced soon!

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

We’ve had the honour of playing incredible venues such as o2 ABC and King Tuts, but our absolute favourite has to be our EP launch at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow! It was really special to play to an amazing, friendly crowd in such an intimate setting. When it’s your own show, you have more space to be creative with the whole vibe; we played our whole back catalogue and even threw a cheeky acoustic set in there! It really adds to the occasion when you can bring your friends in to share the stage with you, too!