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CD VANITY RIOTS AMBULANCE EP REVIEW

VANITY RIOTS

AMBULANCE EP

2013

 

 

RED LIGHT ROCK AND ROLL

 

 

Every so often you hear a band that instantly suggests it has a broad enough appeal to break through, but who don’t have that watered-down middle of the road pop-punk alt-rock taste that seems to be a compromise at all levels.

 

Vanity Riots on their ‘Ambulance’ EP seem to have retained their integrity, melding meaty metal riffs with some great female lead vocals. There’s everything here including the kitchen sink from the angst of bands like Paramore, to slashes of metalcore and at times the catchiness of late eighties rock. It’s a mix that just works well.

 

Forming in 2010 Sydney’s Vanity Riots have a lot of live experience behind them and already an EP under their belt. ‘Ambulance’ though suggests a band that really know their own style and strengths from the opening track ‘Ambulance’ to closer ‘Revival’ you can hear a band  that sound comfortable, like they  know what they have is the definitive article.

 

Listening to the EP over the week its worth mentioning the production and the mix which seem to have nailed it, there’s just enough ‘dirt’ under the nails to counter the clear vocals, and the drums and bass sit nicely. Indeed everything about this seems to be saying ‘play me on the radio’.   

 

Like every reviewer you have your favourites and ours are the instantly catchy ‘Bloodsucker’ which retains the signature sound of the band but ups the ante with a chorus made for signing along to. If there was one song that could break these guys from the EP this would be the one.

 

That’s not to say there’s anything here that doesn’t excite you considering the age of the band and the fact they have gone through a recent line-up change. ‘I Love You (Almost as much as you Love Me)’ takes a heavier route and it’s the song where Monica’s vocals really shine. ‘Revival’ that closes the EP too shows that you can meld metalcore with pop sensibilities and throw in a great eighties rock solo and carry it all off.

 

This is Metal with melody and attitude made for radio. These guys will bea name you’ll know very soon if you don’t already.     

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD VANITY RIOTS AMBULANCE EP REVIEW 2013