Yes, The Vaselines are back after a long hiatus…some of you might feel the urge to run behind the sofa like you did when you were ten after watching Dr. Who when the Daleks ambled along on trolley wheels shouting “EXTERMINATE!” (children back then didn’t need special effects to scare the shit out of them). But hold on…don’t run yet! Apart from the fact that it seems to be the bloody year of comebacks, a fact I blame on the recession, rather than some new movement of global heightened consciousness, you may be in for a surprise…well if you knew their earlier work you most definately are!
You can expect a bit more muscle, a rise from the ashes of Shoegaze with a much needed injection of the Velvets sixties pop with a nod to garage post-punk. Well that’s what sprung to to mind on first listen. Who am I to judge? Beats their earlier You Think You’re a man!
They formed in 1987 and if it wasn’t for Nirvana covering three of their songs, whom I felt some undertones of on Whitechapel, they would definately have faded into the white noise of the junk floating around in space and failed in any resurrection. They have got their stuff together and matured! They’ve absorbed some good waves to raise themselves up and out of there. Of course the hype machine is at work via the Subpop PR gurus…but it is nothing like their earlier stuff. Give it up! I really like this…fuck the hype, and no, it is not folk…so sue me! This recent Belfast trip has reinvigorated me clearly! This rocks!
Buy the CD: Sex With An X
Download: Sex With an X – The Vaselines