Vie Jester – All In Jest

It was around two years ago that L.A. trio Vie Jester grabbed ears and impressed with the Etches In Aether EP, a collection of multi-flavoured and imaginatively sculpted melodic/alternative rock bred songs. Recently drummer Cliff Conway got in touch to introduce the band’s latest offering, All In Jest, to our ears. Another EP sized clutch of songs, it was gratefully received especially once discovering the new adventure and maturity shaping the band’s sound and even more striking new offering.

As much as it left a greedy appetite for the Vie Jester sound, Etches In Aether is forcibly eclipsed by the exploits of All In Jest. Everything about the band has grown and matured with its five songs giving dramatic evidence within their skilfully woven episodes of enterprise and imagination. Magnetically melodic but with a snarl which may ebb and flow but always lurks to add greater depth, All In Jest is an inventive roar unafraid to lyrically take a bite at intimate and social issues.

It opens up with new single Please and one of the best starts to any release this year. The track is immense, rising from a calm but portentous melodic yawn into a muscular yet inviting spire of sonic nagging. The guitar of vocalist Kyle Guerrero needs mere seconds to tempt, his powerful vocal prowess just as swift in persuasion once gracing a song already revealing an unpredictable and adventurous body. Vocally backed by both Conway and bassist Jaime Salas with matching potency, Guerrero’s niggly citric tendrils addictively persist though stepping back nicely at times as the track blossoms from one twist and idea to another with increasing magnetism.

It is a magnificent start which hints at bands like Voyager, Tool, and Karnivool in its own individual adventure; a blend echoed in the equally creative Sunburn & Moonshine. A gentle melody wraps its suggestion around ears first, harmonic whispers adding their elegance before Guerrero’s expressive tones join the already bubbling adventure brewing within the catchy encounter. Embracing an engaging intimacy as it brews up emotive crescendos, the track just seduces ears and attention. It does lack the tempestuousness of its predecessor but replaces it with melodic flames and warm infectious tenacity for similar if not quite as spectacular success.

Enigmata follows quickly catching expectations unaware with its electronic tempting as vocals gather. The same essences continue as they are joined by the imaginative enterprise of guitar, rhythms, and vocals; the song evolving with every passing note and idea with enticing endeavour. Its relative calm and boisterous expulsions are similarly gripping whilst the array of flavours and textures within its body only captivate. It has the boldness guiding the whole release to the fore but with its richest invention in play as the song explores it simply demands plaudits.

The release is concluded by firstly The Punchline, an ethereal caress with volcanic tendencies, and lastly through the rousing endeavours of Colourblind. Both tracks keep pleasure and ears intensely involved with the second of the two especially gripping with its stylish touch and creative tapestry framed by Conway’s rhythmic prowess. It is probably fair to say that neither quite lights the major fires in personal passions as those before them but both inflame an already installed appetite for the Vie Jester invention whilst pushing the new craft and imagination shaping their sound.

Vie Jester has always deserved greater attention and they should get it with All In Jest; certainly they and it warrant a moment of your concentrated time.

All In Jest is available now @ https://viejester.com/album/548219/all-in-jest

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Pete RingMaster 07/11/2017

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Vie Jester – Etches In Aether

Photography by Jess Santana

Vie Jester may be a new name and unknown quantity to you right now but if they continue producing offerings like Etches In Aether, they will soon become a heavily talked about and devoured proposition. Progressive and hard rock, alternative and melodic metal, they and more are all woven into the attention and imagination grabbing tracks five track proposal, a skilled and exciting tempest of diverse sounds uniting in one seriously compelling and thoroughly enjoyable encounter.

Vie Jester hail from L.A. and consist of vocalist/guitarist Kyle Edward Guerrero, bassist/vocalist Jaime Salas, and drummer/vocalist Cliff Conway. They cite influences such as Tool, Mastodon, Mars Volta, Kanivool, Soundgarden, Deftones, Queens of The Stone Age, Pantera and many more in their own creativity, that list alone hinting at the diversity of the band’s sound. 2013 saw the release of the three-track debut EP Cognisense, a seemingly well-received entrance by the band, but just the groundwork for the impressive Etches In Aether to now take things further

vie jester cover   The EP swiftly has attention and appetite for its sounds awake and hungry through opener Saint. Electro like rubs tease initially, stimulating the imagination with their spicy textures as a mellow sigh of vocals caresses the senses. It is a striking and intriguing start soon leading to a bedlamic expulsion of voice and sound which in turn unlocks the heart and might of the song. A great throaty bassline emerges as even more flavoursome vocals add to the great start whilst rhythms strike with potent jabs and sonic enterprise continues to flirt with ears and thoughts. Equipped with a virulent chorus and an evolving array of creative spicery, the Tool meets Pigeon Lake sounding like track is simply outstanding, a glorious opening to the EP and broad introduction to the band.

Hollow Graffiti has it all to do to match such an immense start but is soon holding its own with another sparkling electronic like essence from the guitar of Guerrero setting things off. With a brooding yet feisty tone to the bass of Salas and punchy beats from Conway, the song casts its own unique and gripping creative narrative in sound and lyrical persuasion, more swift evidence of the variety filling the EP. Vocally the three unite to create Queens of The Stone Age sounding harmonies, inspirations again open but continuing adventure and ideation at the melodic heart of the song is a sonic exploration all Vie Jester.

The following Meridians enters on a prowl of a gait, its rhythmic muscles and intensity heavy but soon tempered by the colourful designs being unveiled by guitar and vocals. The song is a transfixing mix of imposing shadows and colour rich light in texture and character, the dark nature of bass and drums encroaching on the flames of the melodies and the warm seduction of the guitar igniting the track’s portentous corners. More of a slow burner than its predecessors, despite making an immediate thrilling impact, it grows to be another pungent example of the band’s potential and already established invention.

A mellower and almost jazzy climate wraps Dig It next, its air sultry and hazy whilst its core is a rich blaze of melodic intensity and vocal emotion. As in all the songs, there is also an infectiousness which oozes from every groove and rhythmic enticing but also from the more experimental aspects of songwriting and sound. It too takes a little more time to find the same place in thoughts and passions as those before but undoubtedly succeeds over time.

As it started Etches In Aether ends on a pinnacle, the release bookended by two major triumphs around nothing but exciting endeavours. Amplify slips in without any major declaration, almost worming its way into ears and affections sneakily but in no time has both enslaved. Vocals and melodies flame with intensity throughout its body whilst the bass discovers a grouchy snarl which only adds to the increasing drama and lure of the song, which itself is a temptation growing within ears and emotions with every note, harmony, and spark of imagination.

If any of the names referenced as inspirations above grab then Vie Jester should be a must investigation, though as Etches In Aether shows, you should not expect to hear anything particularly similar either. The band has its own creative agenda and one, as suggested earlier, with the promise of major rewards if more exciting releases like this are unleashed.

Etches In Aether is available now digitally @ https://viejester.bandcamp.com/album/etches-in-aether and physically via http://www.viejester.com/store

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RingMaster 09/04/2015

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