Vulpynes “Us Against Them” (FOAD Musick)
12″ EP | CD | DL
Available now (DL only)
Third EP from the Dublin based duo of Molly and Kaz AKA Vulpynes which is released as a limited edition single sided 12″ (the reverse being autographed); the four tracks were intended for the forthcoming debut album – however coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown curtailed the recording sessions, undaunted Vulpynes took the decision to release the tracks early as an EP.
If you are unfamiliar with Vulpynes, I suggest they sit comfortably alongside such luminaries as L7, Babes In Toyland even Bikini Kill, and certainly there are similarities with the likes of The Twistettes who make an equally glorious racket.
A howl of feedback signals the arrival of opener ‘One Horse Mind’ before all hell breaks loose; a primitive drum hammers away whilst sheets of guitar distortion builds the primal noise; Molly’s disgruntled vocals effortlessly rise to the challenge, as this grungy maelstrom rips from the speakers; yeah it “fucks with my brain”!
‘This Motor Is Me’ continues apace, built around an insanely catchy riff that weaves its way amongst the incessant cymbal crashes – again the strength in Molly’s voice is evident, similarly during ‘Sister’ a track laced with intense dark overtones, the guitar riff is seriously threatening as the track punches the way forward of this gnarly garage punk romp.
The darkness continues in closer ‘Control Is Not What I Need’ – for me the strongest track on offer; the distortion is ramped up driven by a pumelling drum refrain, whilst the vocals are almost spat out in disdain “I’ve got a new mindset and I’m trying to fight it” before staggering to a halt.
‘Us Against Them’ sees Vulpynes letting rip, delivering another very welcome swift kick into the mediocrity of X-Factor pap.
One Horse Mind
This Motor Is Me
Control Is Not What I Need
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