Musically, the tracks on ‘February’ draw influence as much from the stark beauty of the winter as they do from their musical peers.
Founding member Josef Prygodzicz stated ‘the early concept of Winter Villains came about in 2009 when myself and Faye, whilst on holiday in Dusseldorf, discussed a desire to make music that reflected the fragile beauty of the winter season – sparse, atmospheric and dark, yet somehow uplifting’.
Consequently, Josef and fellow band member Faye Gibson wrote and recorded the first Winter Villains songs during the cold Welsh winter of 2009/10 at their flat in the Riverside area of Cardiff, resulting in early demos of tracks such as ‘Patterns’ and ‘Icebergs’ which earned early praise from the likes of Radio 1 presenter Jen Long (BBC Introducing) and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music).
After recruiting friends from the Cardiff music community, Winter Villains began recording for the album in early 2011 and shortly after began performing live. In their short time together, the band have enjoyed radio play on 6 Music and BBC Radio 1 and received widespread critical acclaim from the music press.