EP Review: Vulgarians – Almost-Instinct, Almost True

EP Review: Vulgarians – Almost-Instinct, Almost True

With two thirds of Vulgarians latest EP Almost-Instinct, Almost True already having been online prior to release, it would seem there may not be much to say about the one previously-unheard song on it. But listening to the record as a whole is quite different from its component parts – with newbie Career Dietary being the centrepiece, the other tracks slot into place at its sides. Opener Of Humdrum Consumption leads in nicely from previous EP Life’s Successful Death, being the one song here that changes fairly little in style from their debut. Brooding but restless, the familiar dark-psyche engulfs and sears in equal measure, sprawling into the aforementioned second track. Starting sparsely, then sounding about to break into an indie-rock singalong (apart from the unerringly scathing vocals) this is a real departure from what we’re used to from the band, before the cacophony hits towards the end bringing it back to earth. This sort of suggests but can’t prepare for Hands Around The Waste; probably my favourite Vulgarians song so far, it’s very different again, taking the darkness and twisting it into something eerily almost cheerful. It’s groovy in a dirty, somewhat sleazy manner, writhing scornfully to a sudden, scuzzy climax. This release sees the band expand on their sound without trying to hard, which is exactly what you want from a second EP.

Stream: Vulgarians – Of Humdrum Consumption

Stream: Vulgarians – Of Humdrum Consumption

As the release of their eagerly-awaited second EP draws near, Vulgarians have shared another track from Almost-Instinct, Almost True. Of Humdrum Consumption loses the tongue-in-cheek humour of preceding single Hands Around The Waste, instead whirling darkness and taut frustration pulsate as if they’ll never stop but then they do, and you’ll only want to hit play again. The EP will be out May 5th and the band are on tour that month, including a Cardiff show on the 16th in the by-then-reopened The Moon.

Video: Vulgarians – Hands Around The Waste

Video: Vulgarians – Hands Around The Waste

“Stay in your seat”, Vulgarians demand in their new video. And seriously, try to take your attention away from Hands Around The Waste, as mirrored images swirl behind the gaudy printed lyrics, contrasting but somehow complimenting the feral racket of the music. This song itself is the lead single from their second EP, Almost-Instinct, Almost True which will be out 5th May, followed by a UK tour including a Cardiff show on the 16th.