If you are looking for some blues punk rock with a raw and tenacious presence than you could do a lot worse than to check out the Ladykiller EP from Canadian rockers Vaudeville Remedy. It is a lo-fi and honest brawl of rock ‘n’ roll which is as captivating as it is passionate, and very easy to engulf the senses with time and time again.
Recorded in the basement studio of the Assiniboia, Saskatchewan trio, the DIY EP presents an in your face presence with songs which have been recorded live and are uninfected by polish and trickery. As mentioned the band has an honest sound which says take me as I am and it makes for an intriguing and enjoyable proposition. It is always fun to climb on board with a band at the relative start of its emergence, Vaudeville Remedy founded in 2009, and watch it grow. This trio is no exception, the new release showing a more aggressive and angry intensity and intent to that found on its predecessor, the thirteen-track Squeaky wheels of 2012. This is a band still evolving and exploring its depths and sound, but as Ladykiller shows one set to provide thrills along the way.
The release opens with The Winds Of Shit, an atmospheric piece of portentous sonic haze swirling around cinematic samples and stalking yet restrained beats. It is an attention awakening entrance into the EP though no real hint of what is to come. What does follow is the rampant antagonistic devilry of the title track. Senses grazing riffs and rolling rhythms make the first impression alongside a great weave of blues scented grooves. It is an imagination holding blaze of craft and easy going but imposing riffs linked to those fiery grooves. The vocals, as the song, are offered in their rawest form and though they do not always capture ears as potently as the sounds around them, they only add to the live and dirty feel of the occasion of the song’s recording.
From the compelling rolling beats and the blistering sonic lure of the guitar, especially the excellent scorching solo, through to the antagonistic prowl of the bass, the song is a potent and exciting start but soon surpassed by the excellent Superhero Jizz. It is dirt clad, abrasing rock at its most captivating; again riffs and rhythms sculpting an irresistible riot of energy and temptation which is rabidly coloured by excellent vocal incitement and sizzling melodic acidity. The best track on the EP, it is a blaze of contagious and essential heavy, hungry rock ‘n’ roll.
Next up is Bong Rips, a brief slab of infection rising from a thick enticing bassline and growing strands of blues kissed sonic endeavour. It is as raw as it gets on Ladykiller, coming over as if it is right there staring at the listener face to face and again very satisfying, the same feeling and success which can be applied to closing song Headbanger’s Blue. Whereas the earlier songs feel like they have had a little time put into them for the recording, the final pair are as live as it gets, and a great notice of what the band is like in person and why they should be checked out in that state.
Vaudeville Remedy is a band with a sound and approach as honest as the day is long. There are no shortcuts and frivolous flourishes to their music, just the essential ingredients for real rock ‘n’ roll. This band is not re-inventing the wheel but they are heating up the original with some relish.
The Ladykiller EP is available digitally, on CD, and vinyl now @ https://thevaudevilleremedy.bandcamp.com/album/lady-killer-e-p
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