In anticipation of the release of their new album Hungry Ghost this Friday, Violent Soho have just dropped a second single ‘Covered In Chrome.’ The new track brings the hype around this albums release to levels beyond the exhilarating. Since signing to Melbourne label I Oh You in 2012, the band has had a bit of a revamp along the lines of the American West coast surf punk vibe. But without sounding like I’m just criticising them of adopting some Americanised cliche marketing scheme, they do make the genre their own. Well sort of, fitting into the the buzzing clique of Aussie bands like Dune Rats, Drunk Mums, The Love Junkies and fellow I Oh You dudes DZ Deathrays.
The track itself starts with a lulling arpeggiated guitar progression cut through with raw gravelly vocals. Soon enough you’re hit with a wall of sound made of simple but heavily crashing drums, loud guitars and the killer vocal “Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah…” These ‘yeah’ sections come back a few times and gradually build as a song structure generally does, nothing new there, but why fuck with a structure that work, ey? Especially if you own it like these guys well and truly do.
These’s a sweet little addition to the end of the track with an inkling of a high pitched melodic guitar riff we’re hearing a lot in indie pop rock tunes right now (think The Jungle Giants). But I think the best part is that there’s no crazy cross genre fusion, computer generated, overdubbed samples, or any other filler junk, Violent Soho are just delivering dam good punk tunes with invigorating energy.
Hungry Ghost is released on Friday the 6th through the sick as label, I Oh You.
Violent Soho Hungry Ghost album tour
- Thursday, October 24 – The Northern, Byron Bay
- Friday, October 25 – OAF, Sydney
- Saturday, October 26 – The Zoo, Brisbane
- Thursday, October 31 – Mojos, Fremantle
- Friday, November 1 – Amplifier, Perth
- Saturday, November 2 – Uni Bar, Adelaide
- Monday, November 4 – The Corner, Melbourne