Release Date: Jul 29, 2013
Record label: Energy Snake
London’s Vuvuvultures are a band who’ve expertly evaded being pigeonholed by the press – so far. It’s probably because the quartet do their best to defy definition: their sound is changeable, morphing from doomtronica to gothwave to indie-metal to art-rock that’s been squeezed through a fine sieve of chichi pop. They sometimes evoke fond memories of Crystal Castles, Depeche Mode, Deap Vally, Icky Blossoms, Nine Inch Nails, Zola Jesus, Charli XCX and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – albeit fleetingly.
Vuvuvultures are not your usual bunch of East London rockers; their rise to prominence has so far been mostly self-created. They’ve been busy running their own club night, The Island, and their debut album Push/Pull is being self-released on their own label. The acclaim they’ve received since their inception has also been wide-ranging in scope; everyone from blogs to well-known fashion outlets have enthusiastically supported the quartet.
From the off, Vuvuvultures don’t make it easy. Fixating on a band’s name is a potentially brain-melting exercise, but it’s difficult to move past the London quartet’s rhythmic sobriquet. Most band names are ridiculous anyway, right? The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon. Are these especially strong? You hear the music before you contemplate the moniker.