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Vices – Hotel Monsoon

Laura Lloyd


After spending some time recording in America; Vices are back on homeland soil and, even better than that, they’re back with a brand new five track EP which is filled to the brim with strange guitar riffs, powerful vocals and an all-round classic British indie feel.

The first track, Dying Day  really sucks you in. It is a radio-friendly song that holds a classic opening paired together with powerful and bold vocals which go hand in hand with the percussion and the guitar riff that is playing in the background which gives off the impression that there is definitely something special to this EP. The second song, however, Airports is slow and very long but the simplicity of the drum beat and the guitar riff makes the track something that you could easily relax to despite it not being very memorable or catchy. It can easily be compared to something Radiohead would have created.

The third track Deep Rivers Run is highly ambitious with its combination of guitars and different tones and it gives the whole track an overall sort of Western feeling to it. Meanwhile, Human Being sounds incredibly similar to the track that was previous to it, with its dominant guitar rhythm and simultaneous drum beat. It poses as one of the more depressing tracks on the EP and it doesn’t inject much of an impact into the listener’s ears, despite there being an introduction of a keyboard. The same line is then repeated at least ten times before the song finally fades into a close.

The final track Hotel Monsoon has another Western sort of feel to it and it follows the same sort of bold and brassy beats and vocals that the past four songs do which gives the album an overall boring finish which is disappointing as the first track was extremely good, you expect it to run throughout the EP.

In conclusion, Hotel Monsoon is a bold statement towards the British indie rock scene and it shows that the band are experimental as well as ambitious when it comes to making music. However, some of the risks they have taken in the making of this EP may not of paid off as well as they had hoped as the track opens on an optimistic note and then slowly slips into an abyss of boring and similar sounding songs. On the other hand, this EP shows that Vices do not try to copy other bands and instead pave their own way with their music which is something that is not as common within the mainstream music scene of today.