The Vox Dolomites: Down For Three / Joan & Frank

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    2013 is primed to be a big year for UK punksters The Vox Dolomites as one of the best and musically resourceful bands in British underground rock n roll release their debut album and a film of the Japanese tour they undertook in the closing weeks of last year. Before both of those forthcoming treats though the band has today put up two teasing tracks as a free download on their Bandcamp profile, two more songs ensuring their album will be an irresistible temptation upon its appearance.

The Stockport quartet of guitarists/vocalists Ant Walsh and Will Farley, bassist/vocals Chris O’Donnell, and drummer Simon Dunnington, have placed the songs Down For Three and Joan & Frank as their newest enticements to their accomplished and thrilling sounds. The members are forever mentioned as ex-members of One Man Stand, The Leif Ericsson and Spiteful Way, and we are no different, but now truly they stand as an immense entity as The Vox Dolomites, one with a character, distinction, and presence which overrides all history. Their sound is an uncompromising riot of directness and energy with songs either driven by a punk attitude or a ska swagger, occasionally though whisper it in their presence, both at the same time. Previous releases in their debut demo EP and the Japanese Tour EP left fans and media keen with their acclaim and ardour whilst live performances around the UK and 2447279504-1as mentioned in places like Japan, has earned the band the recognition of being one of the most thrilling and hardworking live bands around.

Down For Three immediately grips the ears and thoughts and leads them with eager hands on an energetic stomp. A deep alluring bassline from O’Donnell strolls through the centre of the song whilst the guitars of Walsh and Farley tease, stroke, and reward with precise anthemic riffs and passion igniting craft. Though not exactly a pop punk song, bands from that field could learn so much from The Vox Dolomites, their hooks and melodic infection a pure form of pop latched on to a vibrant and compulsive flame of honest rock n roll. With the added lingering kiss of the keys and great raw vocal harmonies, the song leaves a full and by its end impatient lust for the new album, oh how this band torments.

Second song Joan & Frank is a reworking of a track from the Japanese Tour EP. On the former release the song was an impacting ska joy with a mischief and melodic boast as irresistible as its inventive intent. Here the track has been given a punk make-over and emerges as a completely different presence which equals its earlier guise so that it is impossible to have a preference.  The stark and disturbing tale has a different stance in many ways due to the new approach but neither loses or gains power or greater relevance compared to the earlier song down to the quality of both. If the new version loses out to the first it is only in it is over so quickly, but that is what repetition is for, press and go again and again…

As mentioned with album and film coming, both we will cover here upon their releases, The Vox Dolomites should find a deserved expanse of recognition and even greater success, though the band only cares about giving the best passionate sounds and they have done that with each release to date, something you cannot see ever changing.

Grab your download of the new songs @ http://thevoxdolomites.bandcamp.com/

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The Vox Dolomites – Dirty Work: Japanese Tour EP

UK punk rock band The Vox Dolomites is a band which without fail ignites the passions with each release and every show they unleash. Earlier this year their debut demo EP came out to thrill and raise the temperature within UK punk, and immediately sent the anticipation for more from the band into fever pitch. October sees the next instalment of their creativity when the band releases their Japanese Tour EP, Dirty Work to coincide with a five date tour of the country. The EP is a Japan only release through Modernedge Records, but with the four songs within its vibrant body, as well as those which made up that first demo, to be re-recorded and included on their forthcoming debut album in the autumn, it is definitely worth covering and exalting about.

From Stockport, the quartet of Antony Walsh (guitar, vocals),Will Farley (guitar, vocals), Chris O’Donnell (bass, vocals) and Simon Dunnington (drums) came together as The Vox Dolomites in 2011, its members already ‘veterans’ at making good punk/rock music previously in the bands One Man Stand, The Leif Ericsson and Spiteful WayModernedge Records,. Their music is a feisty mix of punk and ska though ‘not combined in the same song’ the band is keen to point out. Whichever gait their songs do come they are created and delivered with accomplished skill, but it is fair to say the ska/ska-core sounds the band create do have a feistiness and attitude to them which is borderline ska punk.

The EP opens with the excellent Battle Scars, a song which fires up the engines from its first electric riff. The track is a bruising and hungry brew of eager energies and sonic enterprise brought with combative guitars, mighty rhythms, and passionate anthemic vocal harmonies. Fully infectious yet bristling with confrontational sounds to wake up and ignite the ear and passions, the track is a Rancid/ Hagfish/Dog Eat Dog like mix and arguably a slab of American punk though distinctly brought with a British flare. It is a mighty heart racing start which has one mentally if not physically, punching the air and stomping around in union with the track.

The following Frank And Joan shows the other side of the band, its warm ska caresses and addictive sonic strokes soon deeply sunk within the heart. As the guitars tease and fire up the senses with their choppy and heated play alongside the heavy rhythms and the absorbing bass tones of O’Donnell, it is impossible not to be swaying along with the swagger of the song and captivated by the unfurling grisly tale. The tonic for the soul sound of the keys light up every shadow within the song to further captivate and thrill, and though merely two and a half minutes company the song is a glorious mischievous companion.

The Human Condition steps up next, again with a ska driven breath within its eager to incite the passions riot. Smacking of the likes of [Spunge], Random Hand, and Mad Caddies, without distilling the distinct Vox Dolomites presence, the track is a storming rub to trigger the fires of sheer contentment.

The release closes with the excellent No Split Ends, a song which like an old not seen for years buddy comes at the ear with a familiar but fresh and explosive keenness. The most catchy of all the songs with its vocal chorus and magnetic chops of guitar and jabs of beats, the track is and ignites pure insatiable addiction. Imagine Face To Face meeting The Clash in a frenzy of ska spliced punk and you have the mighty triumph that is No Split Ends.

The EP is easily the best advert and teaser for the forthcoming album possible, a release which if it does not appear in the near future will have impatient riots on its hands. The Vox Dolomites are easily one of the most exciting bands in not only UK punk but its music as a whole, and with a preview track from the EP available to tease the heart, now is the time to make your introduction to a great band.

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RingMaster 12/09/2012

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The Vox Dolomites – First Demo 2012

You just have to love it when the first introduction to a band comes in the shape of a heart racing, infectious and openly excited release. There has been no finer an example of this than from UK punk band The Vox Dolomites. A simple piece of fortunate timing, a lucky gaze upon a simple social network post and the gateway to one of the most exciting and excitable releases heard in a while opened. Simply called First Demo 2012, the release is a pulsating trio of tracks that urge and enthuse emotions and limbs to react and be part of their impressive blast.

From Stockport and formed in September 2011 the band bring a heady and eager punk sound that at times is spiced up with irresistible infusions of ska. They stand somewhere in between the harsher intense punk of a Rancid and the open and teasing melodic contagion of a Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Vox Dolomites also lie midway between a US and UK sound, the latter more evident when they bring in the ska spice as shown in the opening track of the demo.

Comprising of ex-members of One Man Stand, The Leif Ericsson and Spiteful Way, the band of guitarists Ant Walsh and Will Farley, bassist Chris O’Donnell (all three contributing vocals), and drummer Simon Dunnington from the off jump in with insistent hooks and insatiable melodies on ‘The Horrorshow’. Greedy choppy guitars, a boisterous bassline and wanton keys caress and stoke up the ear as the band’s irrepressible energy burns a wonderfully fulfilling groove upon the senses. The band can skank like there is no tomorrow bringing a [Spunge] feel alongside a Rancid punk touch and using it to flavour their own voracious sound.

The other two songs on the release are straighter punk gems but no less engaging. ‘Alone In Mexico’ is not exactly a sterner track than its predecessor but has a more serious tone behind further hungry riffs and sharp melodies. Another great bassline from O’Donnell this time carrying a moodier tone and an incisive razor like guitar attack from Walsh and Farley ensure the track lingers after its last note and is very easy to return to, though that applies to the whole demo to be honest.

Final track ‘Losing Hands’ ripples and flames within the ear, strong forceful riffs, commanding rhythms from Dunnington, and another bassline to drool over rage and badger whilst pleasing far beyond the ear. We are in definite Rancid territory now but The Vox Dolomites have an indefinable extra that takes them into a class of their own. Group vocals punctuate the track excellently adding thirsty energy and texture to the track.

The trio of tracks started with a vibrant party and ended in a juicy riot, three songs that inflame and light up the senses. The release is an introduction to the band and a taste for a debut album due later in the year, and without doubt the demo makes the anticipation for that keen and impatient. This is punk of the highest order and there really is no excuse not to go and get it, especially as The Vox Dolomites have it as a free download at their bandcamp profile………..Still here?
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