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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Vox Dolomites - Japan ep

When I first heard the Vox Dolomites I was a bit lost for words.
The first thing that sprung to mind after the initial blank was how the hell had I never heard of them.
Via a free download of three demo tracks I was welcomed into a small world where punk rock was still flirting with ska, still saying something relevant and still throbbing with life.
To say I was impressed really doesn't convey the excitement that I felt.
There was an old style visceral thrill to the tracks.
They could have been written by a punk supergroup featuring a revolving door of the most talented, and sometimes iconic figures, from year zero and beyond, but with the added bonus of avoiding the pitfalls of nostalgia.
Now with their 'Japan' ep they have just reinforced my faith in them as being the cream of the current crop of guys who define that melodic punk sound.
Not pop punk, or that UK 82 style, but punk as I remember it.
The Ruts, The Clash, The Jam, The Specials and more.
Every song is hugely accessible.
They just hit you in the chest and keep the beat going.
It's as if they instinctively know how to hit every button.  
Live I bet they just nail it.
If they ever venture across the border and wind up in Glasgow they better give me first shout at booking them or I'll be royally pissed off.

Band Website plus link to three track demo and 'Japan' download

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