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Wampire, Bazaar (Polyvinyl Records)




Wampire, Bazaar (Polyvinyl Records)
CD Reviews: October 30, 2014

10/30/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Like their actual band membership (they started out as the duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps and are now up to five people for touring), this Portland, Oregon-based unit’s sound has grown, owing to a lot of success opening for bands like Foxygen on the heels of Wampire’s debut LP Curiosity, which had a much darker sound than what you’d expect from fringe members of the skinny-jeans patrol. They slummed in Bed Stuy during the making of this LP, which makes its coolness even more surprising to me, although the songs are claimed to have been written while the guys were fresh off the tour bus (so apparently hipsters have indeed developed a tolerance for no-wave-ish punkabilly-infused wackiness, which is most of what’s on tap here). “The Amazing Heart Attack” kicks off the album with crazy vampire laughing embedded into a Screaming Lord Sutch-style vibe softened by workaday MGMT vocals, all adding up to exquisitely bored sounding Halloween-rock. The nuttiness ratchets up a notch in “Bad Attitude,” a grungy vision of Ramones vs. Shins, then eases down for some in-your-face sax-powered faux-balladry in “Wizard Staff.” This is about as relevant as a band could get within analog confines — very commanding stuff. A Eric W. Saeger






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