She’s got a vocal range that would make most opera singers envious. She’s got gorgeous eyes, pouty lips and long, flowing hair. She’s an absolute sweetheart and one of the most down to earth, easy going people one would ever meet. She’s one of Revolver Magazine’s 25 Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock and she’s the new singer for The Agonist. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Vicky Psarakis.
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Vicky after one of her shows during the Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock tour to find out how she became the singer in such a successful band, her emotions with her new position, screaming versus singing, and touring.
One would think that when a band as successful as The Agonist needed a new singer to replace Alissa White-Gluz who had moved on to Arch Enemy that the communication line would be in the form of a phone call or an email. Vicky credits a Facebook message of all things which brought her and The Agonist together. She explains:
“It was Danny (Marino) who is the main guy behind The Agonist. He writes most of the songs and takes care of business. He had seen my covers on YouTube and said that he was very impressed with my vocals. He sent me some tracks to see my songwriting style to see if we were comparable. I sent him back a track which I guess everyone loved because a few weeks later he asked me if I wanted to be the new lead singer of The Agonist. I was like ‘Yes!’.”
Certainly emotions must have been flowing high upon hearing such news. “I was ecstatic! It was amazing news, but I had to keep it to myself because we had to wait for Arch Enemy to announce Alissa as their new lead singer.” She further adds, “So I flew into Montreal and we started working on some tracks but I couldn’t say anything yet. I would meet people and tell them ‘I’m a friend of the band.’ I couldn’t say I was the new lead singer because nothing was out there yet. I was extremely happy on the day that we announced. I was like ‘Finally!’.”
Not surprising that her emotions are still high as The Agonist have released their latest album, Eye Of Providence on Century Media Records and have started touring. “I don’t think I will ever come down from this high. Everyday is a new day you meet fans every single day, you meet new people, you get comments and all this stuff. It’s exciting, it’s amazing and it’s a dream that I’m living right now. One that I hope never ends.”
Any fan of The Agonist knows that the singing style ranges from melodic singing to all-out screaming. This is the first band in which she had to scream in a song. I was curious to find out what her friends and family’s reactions were upon hearing her scream for the very first time. This is what she had to say:
“They were like, ‘Really, that’s you right now that I’m hearing?’ She giggles, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ It did come as a shock to a lot of people, but it’s always positive. People would say, I didn’t know you had that in you. I didn’t know either!”
After witnessing the amount of cheers and overall engagement of the fans during the show, we both agree that the fans have embraced heavy metal’s newest singer. And why not? She’s got it all!
Look for The Agonist on tour in a city near you. They are an extremely talented band who love engaging with their fans. Check out their website for a complete list of dates and cities.