Strong guitars, cool riffs and a high-pitched voice are the ingredients that Boston band Vundabar put their money on to stand out in the crowded indie rock arena, and it works! The band developed on “Gawk” a unique blend of Black Keys guitars, Vampire Weekend vocals and White Stripes riffs.

Songs Chop and Oulala open up their 3rd album in 3 years with great hooks, mainly with guitars full of distortion and a touch of reverb (we like that, here ;)). Think of the dynamics of the Pixies, with Weezer’s song structure. It takes a few minutes to get acquainted with the singer’s voice: Brandon Hagen can hit the high notes (Cotton Kid), while guitars are heavy and loud, which is a unique mix. One could imagine some sort of blend of Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) and a regular “next door garage band” singer voice to get the picture. Drummer Drew McDonald met Hagen in high school where they did a recording project, while bassist Zach Abramo joined later.

 

The trio managed to keep focus on their sound and style although the album. No big obvious bombs but a steady rolling flow of explosive guitars (Bust) and tempo variations. All songs kind of sound the same, but that’s actually a good thing with Vundabar. They have found their unique blend of Pixies influenced rock and should stick to it.

These three kids of only 19 and 20 years old have been touring extensively through the US and Europe since Day 1. They like to play almost every night in a different city. Emerson College music reviewer David Weiner said of their Feb 21 show “I feel like I’ve just witnessed some of the future sounds of our generation. It’s a bold statement, but one that I stand behind. While in the audience taking pictures I couldn’t help but think, “Damn. This has to have been how our parents  felt seeing bands of their youth on the come up.” Sounds exciting!

VUNDABAR
Gawk
(Gawk Records, 2015)

-Genre: power indie rock
-Has some of Weezer, The Pixies, Vampire Weekend mixed into it

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Nicolas Pelletier
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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.