Vamp Weekend just released two new songs today ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’. The latter being the chilled, melodic, modest (mouse) twin to this slap in the face from Ezra’s swanky vocals. I can’t wait for an album full of diverse efforts from the band and their appearances come the festival season - this album could make my summer - in contention with the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Phoenix efforts to come.
Very few current all-female bands agree with me, so it is refreshing to get a blast out of this London post-punk outfit. I enjoy the dark, no-nonsense bark of the frontgirl which is welcomingly intense, but a lot less in-your-face than that of other girl bands of the moment such as hard-rockers Deap Valley. Savages share a kind of melancholy vibe that carried Interpol or The Horrors, but this time with a large dose of oestrogen backing it up. Their live show is nothing short of brilliant - they definitely gave the headliners Palma Violets a run for their money - and for me, they definitely didn’t put a foot wrong on Jools playing Husbands. I can highly reccommend that Live EP ‘I Am Here’. Little sad they didn’t rank higher on the BBC Sound of 2013, so I cannot wait for them to blow everyone out the water this year.