Vamos MAgnetic Shield EP

Tom Vamos ‘Magnetic Shield’ (Antipop Records)
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By the time this 5-track EP was pressed Tom Vamos, and his supporting cast of Villy Raze (Sheepy, Dead Class, & WanWeird), Ollie Fontaine (Sheepy), and Alex McDowall (Dead Class, The Sputnik Two) had already become Vamos & The Vents and announced a series of dates in mainland Europe, the Republic of Ireland, and Iceland; Tom works at a blistering pace – this rather splendid 5trk EP is further evidence of the fact; each track recorded in a single take over a snatched weekend back in early spring 2017.

Its dripping raw, it’s got the buzz of a stolen demo session recording complete with a naivety that belies the talents of those involved…opener ‘Into A Kiss’ has a retro vibe that points to the early efforts of a certain Black Francis continuing through to the title track ‘Magnetic Shield’ with its exploding chorus.

‘Vibrate’ is similarly effervescent with a mosh-pit friendly beat which leads you into the EP’s standout track, the joyous head rush of ‘Forty’ – a 180 second blast of perfect dirty pop; crashing drums, solid bass, a simple repeated guitar riff with breathless vocals hollered over it all; ‘Forty’ perfectly captures everything you ever loved about The Ramones, the Undertones, and reminded me of The Lemonheads when they covered the likes of Kirsty McColl’s ‘He’s On The Beach’ –

The accompanying video is exclusively revealed by LTW to celebrate Tom’s 40th birthday!

‘Magnetic Shield’ effortlessly punches its way into your heart; its great stuff, and one of my releases of the year so far!

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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