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Vincent Vincent & The Villians - Gospel Bombs

After grumbling derisively at so many indie trendsetters of late ripping off music from the 70s and even the 60s, there was a dear hope we might get something – whisper it – new? But Vincent Vincent And The Villains ushers in the depressing prospect of going even further back in time! What makes it un-nerving is that it only takes one band to be good at it to jump-start a bandwagon, and VVATV ply their sound so well its bound to unearth a hundred tiring imitators.

You see, 'Gospel Bombs' is actually a great record. Its as much an effective album of background music, for playing in the park on sunny spring days (there will be some, im sure), or more in-depth listening. There are some quality lyrics on this record, from the storytelling of Cinema and Pretty Girl to the defiance of album highlight Im Alive. The music has a hook that makes most tracks familiar and radio-friendly, and Vincent himself is blessed with a perfect voice for the style. But, tracks like Sweet Girlfriend encapsulate the danger this band represent. This is, without a doubt, music you or your mates parents listened to, or maybe your grandparents. Now their music could be peddled as the latest hip new thing. Theres surf-pop harmonies. Theres sha-la-bloody-las. When The Beach Boys were in their prime, this would have been average. Now, its ridiculous.

VVATV are talented enough and quite capable of taking these influences and making something fresh and exciting out of them, but they play these sounds of the past so authentically that if this is your kind of record, youre better off rooting through your mums vinyl collection. Or your nans.Phillip May

Released 1 Jan 1970 // // Rating:

**

/5
Vincent Vincent & The Villians - Gospel Bombs

After grumbling derisively at so many indie trendsetters of late ripping off music from the 70s and even the 60s, there was a dear hope we might get something – whisper it – new? But Vincent Vincent And The Villains ushers in the depressing prospect of going even further back in time! What makes it un-nerving is that it only takes one band to be good at it to jump-start a bandwagon, and VVATV ply their sound so well its bound to unearth a hundred tiring imitators.

You see, 'Gospel Bombs' is actually a great record. Its as much an effective album of background music, for playing in the park on sunny spring days (there will be some, im sure), or more in-depth listening. There are some quality lyrics on this record, from the storytelling of Cinema and Pretty Girl to the defiance of album highlight Im Alive. The music has a hook that makes most tracks familiar and radio-friendly, and Vincent himself is blessed with a perfect voice for the style. But, tracks like Sweet Girlfriend encapsulate the danger this band represent. This is, without a doubt, music you or your mates parents listened to, or maybe your grandparents. Now their music could be peddled as the latest hip new thing. Theres surf-pop harmonies. Theres sha-la-bloody-las. When The Beach Boys were in their prime, this would have been average. Now, its ridiculous.

VVATV are talented enough and quite capable of taking these influences and making something fresh and exciting out of them, but they play these sounds of the past so authentically that if this is your kind of record, youre better off rooting through your mums vinyl collection. Or your nans.Phillip May