Viva Zapata – The ‘Fuck It, It’ll Be Fine’ EP.
With tearing riffs, cut timings, and a grand change up of vocalists and styles, this release leaves me the listener both impressed and hungry for more.
The first track ‘City of Lights’ breaks in with a nice groovy Surf Rock guitar buzzing along. The dual female smarminess ensues as these Riot Grrrrrls wail out in true Sleater Kinney fashion. It’s all very reminiscent of Mia Zapata of The Gits (hence the name geniuses) and the attitude is killer.
I can almost see a Sid Vicious sneer on their faces and I’m loving it and it has a really creepy feel to it, and I know creepy (Stephen King Joke for 1000 points).
In the second number, ‘Running Through a Dream’, you get to hear the fearsome foursome open up a lot more vocally and instrumentally. The one bro-Joe in the band gets to sing on this one and his voice is somewhat unique, sounding a lot like Peter Bjorn but with the guys from Royal Blood playing the rhythm section. This is definately what makes the sauce awesome.
As the bridge comes in, the lyricisms have a very Ozzy-esque lyrical breakdown that’s really catchy and as the song approaches the end, they then slam into this killer four-hit stops of the chord progression, then change it up into hammer-ons and slides to groove straight to the end.
The final tune ‘Out comes the Woolf’ is a beautiful ballad where vocalist Zoe grabs my soul box and gives it a little shake. It reminds me musically of a White Stripes song, with those jazzy change up hits. I could definitely get drunk and play this if I was really sad over someone.
The band does a good job of keeping it interesting by using subtle hits on different strokes in the timing. I particularly like the brief Spoken Word infusion in the middle too. Often, when bands try to do that, it comes off as whiny and stupid, but I think her accent sold it to me, that and the simple language she uses to convey more of a broad message than just angsty rambling.
Over all this bands sauce is awesome. Im blown away but the amount of influence I could hear in one band. If you’re a fan of Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, or the Artic Monkeys first album, check these Bristol-pistols out. I don’t know if that’s actually a saying but it is now damnit.
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