A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
Vex Red : Manchester Academy 3
The strong and persistent desire to rock seems to have been battered down to dull aggression...
By rights, this exile from fashion might have been all they needed to push them into proper psychosis and the big-league. But on their return home, the strong and persistent desire to rock seems to have been battered down to dull aggression.
A shame, because the riffs that are properly piledriving - 'Itch', the newie 'I Am Weightless' - are effortlessly great. At one point, singer Terry Abbot bemoans how "we were going to have a single out, but we're not anymore." We sympathise, really we do - but when you're setting yourselves up as prophetic harbingers of a forgotten generation, that kind of sulking just won't cut it.
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