VLMA – Thumb Bucket | Track Review

When: ALREADY OUT
Where: Fleeting Youth Records
LIKE.LOVE: LOVE
You know sometimes you wake up and the person you were significant with goes “hey I like Brody Dalle so I’m gonna become her” and typically my reaction is “That’s great, I love The Distillers” but then said person ends up becoming a lame Brody Dalle and forms a band who turn out to be immediately rubbish. THIS IS NOT THE CASE HERE as Two-piece-now-three-piece VLMA proves with their latest single Thumb Bucket that hey, people can do it better than you can.
VLMA kicks you in the balls as Thumb Bucket is four and a half minutes of pure good grungeness that actually sounds heavy, catchy and straight up gnarly as it immediately plunges deep into your surprise reflex with guitar riffs and somehow tops it off with very passionate vocals, constantly changing riffs and drumbeats that continue to hit harder and harder. The duo-now-trio add in flakes of psychedelica, basslines and even guitar solos to make this the most disjointed, genre-mind-bending track you’ve heard in a long long while, and it just sounds fantastic. I love this track.
This is one project I am excited to hear more from, and their self-titled release is due on October 28thon cassette and digital formats via Fleeting Youth Records, and I will now bug them to let me own it ASAP. For more music reviews, free downloads and YEAH I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.

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