Violent Delight

Violent Delight

Violent Delight were a punk/metal band from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, consising of Rodney Henderson (born 23rd May 1985 (vocals), Tom Steenvoorden (guitar), Ben Macrow (bass) and Ken Hayakawa (drums).


Despite their youth (Henderson and Steenvoorden were both sixteen at the time) they were signed to Warner Bros. Records UK in 2002.

Their first single, "Secret Smile", was produced by Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and gained rotation on Kerrang! television and P-Rock, but performed dismally in the charts. Their next music video received better financial backing and was shot in the U.S. This single "I Wish I Was a Girl", reached #25 in the UK Singles Chart and again gained rotation on alternative music satellite channels. Their third single "All You Ever Do" also entered the UK chart at number 38. "Transmission" was a fourth video release from them.

Their first album, "Transmission" was finally released in late 2003 to mostly unfavourable reviews. This was especially apparent in Kerrang! magazine who had initially supported the young band, and included them on some of their compilation albums.

In November 2003, Steenvoorden left the band citing creative differences and despite vowing to continue, the band has since disappeared into obscurity with their once active site forum closing down. It is now assumed they have broken up, although no official statements have been made.

In mid 2005, SuzyHope was created with Henderson and Hayakawa. Whilst Macrow and Vex Red guitarist Nick Goulding, created their new band, Selladore, during the summer of 2003. Steenvoorden returned to school to study law.

Violent Delight performed one last farewell gig on 10 November 2006, to a sell-out crowd at the Camden Barfly, London. Since then there has been rumours of the band getting together again.Violent Delight got back together in 2007, after their "farewell" gig

Violent Delight Timeline


2000 - 'VD', consisting of Rodney and Tom, release 'Hands Up! If You've Got VD', a 9 track demo CD produced in Tom's garage. This is given away for free.

2001 - Sign to J Albert & Son publishers, Ken and Ben join

2002 - Sign to Warner Brothers, tour with 'A', Rival Schools, Ill Nino and Suicidal Tendencies. Released Secret Smile and Same Old Story on limited edition vinyl. Record the album in New Jersey, shoot the video for I Wish I Was A Girl in New York and record in London with Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols

2003 - Played Download, Reading & Leeds and Game On festival, toured with Hell Is For Heroes and Instruction, played with Taproot and Simple Plan. Released I Wish I Was A Girl (No. 25 in the UK Top 40), All You Ever Do (No. 38 in the UK Top 40) and Transmission, the album and the single. Tom leaves the band after discussion with Rodney.

2004 - VD split up

2006 - VD play a one off show - an intended farewell.

2007 - VD decide to get back into a studio sometime to see if they can make more music together. Another show is booked for the 6th August; this is the only intended show for VD in 2007.

The future? - VD have broken up and probably will not be coming back into the industry as Steenvorden is working for a law firm and Henderson is an assistant manager of a Wagamama in london.

External links

* [ Violent Delight Official Site]
*MySpace|violentdelightOfficial|Violent Delight
* [ Interview with BBC Southampton]
* [ Official Selladore website]
* [ Official Suzyhope Website]
* [ The Irony Escapes Us - Myspace]

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