Here’s another from Velocity of Sound Records, this time being the 7″ EP from Nashville power-punk trio FLESH VEHICLE. As far as we’re concerned, this is just more proof that Nashville bands all do something right.
For the Flesh Vehicle’s case, it’s just the fact that they bring straight-forward punk to the table without the slightest notion of being timid or shy. In a way, this reminds us of Hans Condor, which will never be a bad thing when it comes to this blog. Being that they both hail from Nashville, it doesn’t come off as much of a surprise either. So what the hell can they all be doing down there that nobody else does? If you get to the bottom of this, you let us know right away.
On their 7″ EP, Flesh Vehicle serve up fast and fiery power-punk with a sharp and energetic spike of discontented fun and temper. The electrified guitar onslaught and manic howling at the end of “What It Is” quickly shows what these rowdy dudes are capable of even before getting halfway through the EP – not to mention their power that goes to show a staggering amount of stamina. Track two “Fraud” features crunchy power chords joining forces with a fat and throbbing bass line deep below as they flatten everything in sight, as well as complement each other flawlessly. This is an excellently poppy song that is mostly devoid of any ridiculously overwhelming lo-fi qualities (qualities I admittedly expected before hearing this EP).
“Affluenza” is the final power-chord rager to set the tone one last time. Guitarist Tom Pappas melts faces with his disgusted soloing, tearing apart this track at the seams and filling it with a raunchy attitude, a stomping rhythm and raspy vocals. Almost immediately this track has the power to become the highlight of the whole EP, where you can quickly detect why as they stop for nothing until the very last stressful second. Somehow all this also helps paint a picture for an excellent live show, imagining a perpetual rush that doesn’t let up for an entire set.
What It Is –
My Rating: 7.3/10
Genre/ Tags: Punk, Alternative, Pop
Set Free 7″ EP: Tracklist:
1.) What It Is
3.) Set Free