Not to be confused with journeyman hair metal act the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Vincent Vincent & the Villains are a young East London quartet whose rave-up brand of indie pop is heavily spiked with throwback early rock influences. Not so much that they sound like a post-millennial Stray Cats or anything, but the ghosts of Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, and others hang heavily over Vincent Vincent & the Villains' music. Vincent Vincent & the Villains formed in 2003 from the wreckage of a band called the Double Card Bastards, which included Vincent Vincent and Charlie Waller on vocals and guitars and Neill Kidgell on bass. Adding drummer Alex Cox (not to be confused with the guy who wrote and directed Repo Man and Sid & Nancy), the newly christened Vincent Vincent & the Villains debuted with the single "On My Own" in the spring of 2004. At the time, Waller was also forming his own band, the Rumble Strips, and after a second single, 2005's "Blue Boy," he left Vincent Vincent & the Villains to focus on his own project. With Kidgell leaving as well, Vincent added lead guitarist Tom Bailey (not to be confused with the guy from the Thompson Twins) and bassist Will Church. Third single "I'm Alive" was released in the spring of 2006 and attracted enough attention to get the band signed to EMI later that year. "Johnny Two Bands," a pointed response to Waller's departure from the group, was Vincent Vincent & the Villains' first EMI single, followed by a 2007 re-recording of "On My Own." Vincent Vincent & the Villains' debut album, Gospel Bombs, was released in the spring of 2008, preceded by leadoff single "Pretty Girl."