Formed in 2002, Villareal make melodic and understated pop music, influenced by bands such as Beulah, Teenage Fanclub, The Clientele and Sparklehorse. During this time the band has built up a loyal following, especially in the USA, Canada and mainland Europe, thanks to the Jango Airplay network in New York.
‘SPOOK FREQUENCY’  was recorded at the legendary Truck Records studio in Steventon, Oxford with Rowland Prytherch [The Epstein]. Ornate and downbeat, the album featured poignant tracks like ‘What Do You Do For Encores?’ and ‘The Haunted Dancefloor’. Shifty Disco records released ‘Just Like An Aeroplane’ as a download single in 2005 and the band supported the amazing Danish act Mew.
‘BLUE SNAKES’  was again part recorded at Truck Studio’s and is a more densely packed record than ‘Spook’, veering between gorgeous pop moments [‘The 7th’’ and ‘Raincheck on Sunset Street’] and more obtuse material such as ‘Linus’ and ‘Waiting For The Day To Start’]. To support this release, Villareal played shows with Okkervil River and The Wedding Present’.
‘LIT BY SPARKS’  is the most indie-rock of all three Villareal albums. The band still has moments of orchestral beauty [‘Your Voice’ but offsets these songs with loud blasts of 6-string indie rock [‘Dead Air/Abandon Ship’ and ‘Purple and Blue’].
Villareal will be playing dates throughout 2011 in support of their latest release.