Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Vines Single! Wait... Scratch the Excitement


As far as guilty pleasures go, 2006's Vision Valley was my quick stop and shop for rock and roll. The Vines' much-maligned 3rd album (following their much-maligned first and second albums) did its job, adequately playing guitar really loud for thirty minutes before getting the fuck out of the way. And it contained a hand-full of gems to boot; "Don't Listen To The Radio" is easily the best single in the band's repetoire.

LP4 for the Aussie trio is out on July 12. It's called Melodia, and based on first single "He's A Rocker", it's going to sound exactly like every other Vines album. So despite trying my hardest to feign an interest in Craig Nichols' work nowadays, that doesn't stop "He's A Rocker" from being a terrible, terrible song. If you thought The Vines' sound was generic beforehand, this completely lazy, incompetant effort makes half the cuts off Vision Valley sound like In Utero. Sample lyric: "Once there was a young man/ no one could understand/ wasting time every day/ he got nothing to say." Cue the chorus of "All he ever played was that rock and roll music, rock and roll music, yeah." Okay, so they're still a few albums away from their OK Computer, but hey, check out all those bands they beat out for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2002.

The full album review is coming in July, but with expected song titles such as "Get Out", "Hey", and "Scream", you can expect a lot of other songs that sound like "Ride." Until then, visit myspace.com/thevines if you want to go off your "rocker" as well.

-Andrew

4 comments:

dan said...

Ah, behold RS covers before they started with the chicks from The Hills and other such cop-outs. By the way, what ever happened to the Hives and the White Stripes?

Erik said...

Dan, you need to untie Meg and let her out of your basement. This has gone too far!

Andrew said...

Yeah, the cover boys here are really the only ones that fell by the wayside. I think those other bands did (are doing) okay for themselves.

dan said...

But, she's reeeeal purty...

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