Studs n Punks review Debut CD
On Studs n Punks website.
Released at the back end of 2009, this landed on my desk courtesy of Vince at studs and punks.
It’s like finding a box of chocolates where the bit of paper that tells you what the different wrappers indicate every time he sends me something to review, and of late there have been a couple of unexpected centres!
This eponymous offering from Viki Vortex & the Cumshots is a 7:43 gallop through some heavily 50’s and 60’s influenced rock n roll based punk/rockabilly. The opening track, BAD GIRL TOO, has a real 50’s skiffle feel about it, the thumping bass line reminds you of the old tea chest basses of yesteryear and the whole skiffle motif is reinforced by the jangling guitar and the predominant snare drum.
STUPID LIFE has a sense of urgency about it. A slightly dirtier guitar sound gives more bite, and the driving bass lines sits atop drum work which again has the snare drum in yer face.
WATCH OUT opens with a guitar riff which is a bit slow and ponderous and for me doesn’t add anything to the song. The song proper is another adrenaline rush for beginning to end. The bass lines are simpler, the guitar more aggressive, whilst the drums retain their heavy snare based sound. CRAZY BLOODY FOOL brings this demo to a close, and is my favourite of the four tracks on offer. The guitar has a bit more distortion and has more balls, some great bass lines that work well with the more expansive drum work.
The vocal delivery on all the tracks is direct, powerful and has a gravely edge with just a touch of angst. It has definitely grown on me.
There is a rawness about all the tracks that has a real ‘live’ feel about it, but it’s too raw for my battered and bruised aural system. The vocals are too quite in places, the drums can be quite overpowering in places and the mix is really muddy in places. Which is a shame as there is some great stuff on this CD, and it hasn’t stopped the band making its way to the top of my bands to see list, I just feel it doesn’t show the band at its very best. In these days of digital recording a lot of material can end up sounding too perfect and over produced, so to retain an element of the ‘live’ vibe is commendable, but may be this has gone a little too far the other way.
Never the less an interesting band and one I would urge you to check out.
Respectfully Submitted By A Man Called Moose