Submitted by tiggerlion on 15 May 2013 - 10:23pm
What's it called?:
Modern Vampires of the City
What does it sound like?:
Like many a noughtie band, VW emerged bright, sharp and full of beans in search of fun. They stood out from the crowd with their African beats and their love of punctuation. They were college boys who were so desperate to attract girls, they were willing to dance. Now, approaching thirty, they are on their third album. Modern Vampires of the City sounds like a mature band who appreciate space as much as noise, who judiciously deploy every note and beat. There are delicate subtleties in the details; heavenly choruses, neat guitar figures, ripples of percussion. The songs have plenty of air to breathe but are constructed with great care. Their natural verbosity is reined in and their exuberance is controlled. The result is a greater emotional depth and a broader range of style. The themes explored may be more serious but they still retain a sense of glee. These boys are in for the long haul. I'm looking forward to listening to them with my gandchildren when I'm in my sixties.
What does it all *mean*?:
Young 'guitar' bands have a future, after all. Funnily enough, the drummer is a key 'driver' of this band, writing and producing, just like the drummer in Spoon. This is the era of the calm, sensible drummer and these bands are the better for it.
Goes well with …:
It's a sociable album that mixes with wine & nibbles. A polished floor with plenty of room because you still will feel the urge to shuffle your feet. New shoes may be required. In the end, head-phones are necessary to fully appreciate its charms.
Might suit people who like …:
to smile but don't mind being made to face their mortality (it does get serious). There is a song called Hannah Hunt which is light & frivolous at first glance but has a dark core. Perfect for Afterworders looking for a young, modern classic.