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VULGARIANS – ‘Almost-Instinct, Almost True’ EP Review

VULGARIANS – Almost-Instinct, Almost True

vulgariansHailing from this year’s City of Culture, Hull – Vulgarians had a successful 2016 which saw them support the likes of HMLTD, TRAAMS, Weirds & Gang, and perform for BBC Introducing at The Great Escape. They even found time to host their locally famed ‘Nelson Mandela Sessions’, supporting fellow Hull bands by squeezing lights, projectors and 50 odd punters into their rented digs for live gigs.

The band have announced details of their new EP titled Almost-Instinct, Almost True (which takes its title from a Philip Larkin poem), due out on May 5th 2017. Produced by MJ of Hookworms (Honeyblood, Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses), the EP follows their debut release Life’s Successful Death, released in July 2016.

Speaking about working with MJ, Vulgarians’ frontman Ryan Wilson-Preen says: “We’re all really big fans of his work with Hookworms and he’s also produced many of our favourite records. We knew he could certainly add his experience, but also bring his music knowledge to the table.”

The opening track of the three, Humdrum Consumption, is driven along by a strong bass line and some guitar work that reminded me a little of the Cramps although the overall atmosphere of the track is more akin to PIL or the Sex Gang Children as angst ridden vocals literally paste themselves over the fast paced (with a couple of slower interludes) track that wanders into some dark places.

Career Dietary starts with a intriguing drum beat, joined by bass and atonal/atmospheric guitar. The vocals add to the feeling of despair, loneliness and anger. The song builds to a powerful riff and then ends abruptly.

The third and final track of this intriguing EP is Hands Around The Waste has an almost funky approach that brought back memories of post punk band Stump with their eclectic beats.

The Vulgarians are different and the EP is well worth checking out as are the band live (see tour dates below). The band are currently streaming the video for lead single ‘Hands Around The Waste’, which details a bizarre encounter with a taxi driver (see below).

Check out the band here: www.facebook.com/vulgaarians

Headline tour:

May 10th – Headrow House, Leeds

May 11th – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

May 12th – Picture House, Sheffield

May 13th – The Priory, Glasgow

May 16th – Full Moon Club, Cardiff

May 22nd – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol

May 23rd – Old Blue Last, London

May 26th – The Polar Bear, Hull

May 27th – Rock City Basement, Nottingham