Alternative pop seems to be more attractive course for a number of upcoming bands, add what is described as ‘neo-goth’ influence and a different creative attitude whilst bearing in mind their recent winning AA side single ‘Vlad’ / ‘Cancer’ you’re intrigued to hear more, for something a shade darker. February’s ‘Three ‘Three Mothers Part 1’ is one to investigate.
The Vultures are an evenly split male/female sextet whose members descended on London from five countries spanning three continents. Comprising three-part vocals, cello, violin, viola, bass and drums, that weave, push drift and uplift in uneven measures. The band bonded over a shared belief that rock’n’roll has become stiflingly dull. The Vultures are “anything but, eschewing guitars, synths and digitalism in favour of intense in-the-flesh performance”. You can argue till the cows come home on the merits of digitalism, but the computer based course seems not as colourful, creative or atmospheric as a musician that it proficient and hungry.
The 8-track album starts strongly with one half of their organic AA, in ‘Vlad’ rich, al bright and dark with driven bass and a chunk of wood and strings organised into good shape, ‘The Plague’ follows in similar fashion except for more dynamic vocalisations and refrains. ‘Cancer’ more familiar building intro and potent lyric. ‘Weakest Storm’ still reeks of sombre yet positive fare. whereas I conjure wrongly an ode to butcher general Cromwell devilment in ‘Tyrant to the Irish’ but more current-fare the song taps perhaps the current nation’s psyche, if not dilemma. ‘Stalin’s Army’ closes a too short tracklisting, only forgiven that there is more to uphold than the average album, or is the length of this album more the sign of the these times?.
‘Three Mothers Part 1’ as a debut album impresses, like it if The Vultures get even more airplay as an alternative to too many 1970’s ballads and plastic factory throwaways, a cat amongst the pigeons. 8.1/10