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[24 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

This week The Voluntary Butler Scheme debut album ‘The Voluntary Butler Scheme At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea’ will be stream as album exclusive on My Space – so what are you waiting for www.myspace.com/thevoluntarybutlerscheme.

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[6 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

‘The Voluntary Butler Scheme At Breakfast, Dinner, Tea’ is the debut album by Rob Jones, a 23-year-old pop prodigy penning songs of classic sound, vivid imagination, and tin-pot ingenuity. Rob’s studio may, by his own admission, be nothing much – “just a bedroom full of wires and keyboards” in his native Stourbridge in the Midlands – but his ambition is by no means stuck in the bedsit. Three singles to date, ‘Trading Things In’, ‘Multiplayer’ and ‘Tabasco Sole’ have blended The Jackson 5 and classic Motown to an instinctual, home-made …

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[25 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Tabasco Sole is the new single from The Voluntary Butler Scheme, aka 23-year old West Midlander Rob Jones. Think of The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back crossed with a Mellow Gold era Black County Beck through Jim Noir’s psych tinged observations, and you’re not far off the poptastic sound of this boombastic track.
“I was trying to write a really non-sensical tune with words that have a party rhythm,” says Rob. “So it was me trying to do a tune that wasn’t about hot babes, even if the choruses …

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[1 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

VBS release their new video for Multiplayer directed and produced by Simon Deshon. – Multiplayer is out on Split Records March 2nd 2009

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[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

After last summer’s critically acclaimed, debut ‘Trading Things’ EP; a beautiful and brightly textured compilation of home-made love songs and candy coloured sentiments, The Voluntary Butler Scheme (a.k.a Rob Jones) returns with ‘Multiplayer’.  Imagine Tony Christie on vocals, add the  happy-go-lucky dance stylings of Junior Senior and then for really good measure you’ve got The Jackson Five popping by to make a nice refreshing cuppa.
This is the distinctive VBS sound and ‘Multiplayer’ a warm, twinkling love song, full of tender couplets and gentle pathos, “Love is a game, a game …