Words: Aaron Connelley
The debut E.P. by Vomitface released earlier this month, is of course the first I’ve seen or heard from this group, so, going from the name and press shots of this wonderful lot, I was expecting to be met with a deafening mess of harsh vocals and grunge and unintelligible crap. The band themselves are made up of what looked like a lost hipster, a skinny David Tennant and a rock chick with cool hair. However, I was pleasantly mistaken!
The first song, Sloppy Joes, brings the whole E.P. to a firm starting stance which stays until the very end. From the off, this song uses cool, slightly wappy grunge guitar riffs which I appreciate. This theme runs throughout all other tracks, but these guys have managed to keep with their style without making any two tracks sounding similar! For some reason though, while listening to each song, I kept thinking, ‘I’ve heard this used before from somewhere else…’ I couldn’t place my finger on it, but I definitely recognised it.
Moving onto the next tracks, Huffer and Bill Me Later, the harsh vocals and wild metallic sound that I’m used to hearing came through and I enjoyed it! However, I admit that towards the end of Bill Me Later, I wasn’t as impressed as the chorus was dragged out into oblivion and then finished off with a weird guitar solo type thing (I’m not really sure what the band were trying to achieve) which didn’t really fit. It was while listening to these that I realised I was listening to a giant grunge throwback of what I can only describe as a mix between Nirvana and Gary Numan, creating a fantastic 70’s electric / 90’s grunge mixture which actually makes a lot of sense. Although, for me, the best was still yet to come…
The final two songs, PS I Hate You and Sylvia, are possibly the best successes of this E.P. The thing that most intrigued me was the weird chords the band has managed to put together without making it all sound like a mess. It really shows what this band’s all about and it kept me hooked onto what they had to say in their lyrics. I loved the contrast that these songs had, too. I think the quieter sound fitted these songs really nicely, and even in Sylvia, despite the entire song being performed low key, you still get the emotions and rising tension from the track. Despite PS I Hate You being quite short (which I presume is a result of the restrictions of vinyl recording, as it was then cut from the catalogue for the mint-green vinyl release) the songs put their messages forward and kept me well interested.
Overall, this debut gets better and better as you keep listening; however, the whole album is slightly ruined by Bill Me Later, which would have stopped me from listening to the rest of the album if I weren’t reviewing it. Back to the overall genre – which I’ve tried to describe as a 70s electric / grunge cross-over – I’m not sure if I can really give this band a genre, which is probably a good thing considering the band openly expresses a disappointment towards the evolution of mainstream music; similar to how their grunge sound originally started. Perhaps Vomitface are set to create an all new genre based on their sound? If they continue making this kind of music, they could possibly manage it.