The Velvet Ants, a punk rock band, is a group that was formed in 2006 by members Ian Margolycz and Trevor Hart. Previously, their albums have been largely self-produced. They have played live in various parts of the USA, including performances in Virginia and Washington D.C.
Their latest album ‘Solt Olio’ is the coming together of various musicians. Frontman Ian Margolycz stated that beforehand albums had seemed to culminate the efforts of one man. Solt Olio, however, is a change in direction; Margolycz worked hand in hand with producer Jordon Zadorozny on a few B-sides, which sparked up interest in developing an album. After recruiting Eric Sakmar on bass, The Velvet Ants were again ready to tear up speakers across the world.
The album opens with ‘Find You’, a slightly poppy number coupled with a sweet melody accomplished by the bands guitarist. ‘Cardigans Fable’ is the first track that really caught my attention. Vocals are sung in a muffled fashion, which adds to the raw punk sound of The Velvet Ants. Cardigans Fable is an excellent track. The album is made there and then, in that second song, without any need to progress listening. Not wanting to write music in half measures, ‘What If I’ is another track that has an electric catchiness. By this point, I was beginning to realise just how much Solt Olio rubs off on the listener, what with my feet tapping throughout the album. Not all tracks are upbeat. Various jottings of ballad type rock resonate all the way through, such as ‘Idle Tears’, which is heavily morose track that still holds a certain value. It is this dipping in mood that accounts for a diverse sound, one which has you glued from the start. ‘Barricada Rota’ is another softer track that has lyrics which are pleasingly well written for a punk rock band. ‘Digitalis’ weaves back into a heavier sound, and is perhaps one of the best tracks on the album. ‘Save Room For The Water’ is a flavour of what you would expect from such a band, and indeed violates the listeners ear with angry punk tones.
The Velvet Ants – ‘Evil Twin’ LIVE in D.C.
The Velvet Ants have managed to produce a brilliant album. The band claim to use minimal editing, which in effect sounds stripped down and raw. This DIY sound is extremely effective, holding its place well in a modern music industry full to the brim with autotune and useless sound effects. Certain tracks on Solt Olio have an almost cinematic feel, which in my opinion makes it very enjoyable. The album was released back in November, still worthy of your inspection. 8/10