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OriginLeeds, England, U.K.
GenresJazz, Afrobeat, world, Punk, Post-punk
Years active2018–present
LabelsHPBC Records

Vipertime are a British instrumental group formed in Leeds in 2018. They consist of saxophone, bass guitar and two drums kits and their music combines elements of jazz, afrobeat, post-punk and dub.


After forming as a free-improvising group at basement house parties in Leeds' Hyde Park, the band started rehearsing and composing before recording and self-releasing their All Our Heroes Are Dead EP in July 2018. This led to more shows and soon the band settled on a line-up of Ben Powling on tenor saxophone, Matías Reed on bass guitar and Luke Reddin-Williams and Charlie Grimwood on drums.[1]

During this period Powling and Reed wrote the material for Vipertime's debut album Shakedown, drawing on the influences of Mulatu Astatke, Pharoah Sanders and Gang Of Four as well as their peers in the current UK jazz scene. The album was recorded at Eiger Studios in Leeds and released on HPBC Records in May 2019.[2] Shakedown and All Our Heroes Are Dead received radio play on WorldWide FM, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Introducing and notable shows from this period include Lancaster Jazz Festival, Smugglers Festival, Band On The Wall in Manchester, Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and Hootananny Brixton in London. Writing for Jazz Revelations, Ben Lee noted that on Shakedown the group "capture the energy of their post-punk influences and improvise skillfully like their free jazz idols to create ... a cauldron of moshable jazz".[3]

In 2020 the band released Live At Smugglers Festival, a Bandcamp-only EP raising funds for the charity Solidaritech. The EP was recorded at the eponymous festival the previous September and "bares the ferocity, abandon and razor-sharp senses of the band’s live performance".[4]

Vieprtime released a new single 'Limbs' and B-side 'All Our Heroes Are Dead' on HPBC Records on 5 February 2021, which received radio pay on Gilles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 Music show and Worldwide FM plays from Colin Curtis (DJ) and Tina Edwards. These tracks mix the band's trademark "Nubian scales and punk aggression" with the influence of saxophonists Steve Grossman and Gato Barbieri.[5]



  • Shakedown (2019)


  • All Our Heroes Are Dead (2018)
  • Live at Smugglers Festival (2020)


  • Augury (2019)
  • Limbs/All Our Heroes Are Dead (2021)


  1. ^ "Vipertime". Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Vipertime". Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Shakedown - Vipertime (Album Review)". Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Live at Smugglers Festival - Vipertime (EP Review & Interview)". Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  5. ^ "'Limbs / All Our Heroes Are Dead': Introducing Vipertime's latest single". Retrieved 10 February 2021.

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