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Heavy rock boogie merchants Vardis recently released their new EP '200 MPH' on Hoplite Records, their first new recordings for almost thirty years. The EP features five tracks, two of which are completely new songs in the fine return to form breezy rocker 'Jolly Roger' and the rifferama of 'The Knowledge'.

Both 'Move Along' and 'Dirty Money' are new studio recordings of songs that were only originally available as live versions on their classic live debut album '100 MPH'. The new EP finishes with a new live recording of 'The World's Insane'.

Vardis recently played their first London date since reforming at the luxurious Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush on a headline date with Diamond Head who appeared as special guests.

Before the show MetalTalk's Mark Taylor spoke to the band which includes Steve Zodiac, Terry Horbury and new drummer Joe Clancy.

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In the informative interview Vardis talk about the new EP '200 MPH' and the forthcoming album plus how they reformed with Steve Zodiac revealing how he managed to keep such a low profile in the intervening years since their previous album 'Vigilante'.

Zodiac also discusses the reasons why their debut album was a live album, the band’s first rehearsals when getting back together, the surprise decision by drummer Gary Pearson to leave the band after being so instrumental in getting Vardis back together and also reminiscing about the Marquee Club and performing at the now legendary Heavy Metal Holocaust at Port Vale stadium in 1981 in a bill that also featured Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Frank Marino, Triumph and Riot.

'200 MPH' is out now on Hoplite Records on CD and a special limited edition of only 200 12" vinyls.





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