Release Date: February 10, 2017
Genre: A Contemporary Post-Hardcore / Riff Rock / Alternative Angled / Industrial Throwback
One Line Review: Vibrant Heels new album DRIVEN is Sons of Freedom, teaming up with Bionic, competing in a dance-off against Bootsauce in the parking lot of an all ages Montreal Death Metal show.
I am writing this review and smiling.
Not to make this about me – or at least not too much about me – but this review will become a catalyst for an article about my glimpse into the present, hopefully future, shape of Canadian rock to come.
So far, the beginning of 2017 is solidifying a sound, a trend, a direction of modern music which is refreshing, needed and long over-due.
The end of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, has harkened a revisit to garage based, riff oriented, big chorded, loud vocal, questionably recorded, amazingly produced, rock records.
The best part, these new bands are taking the favourite parts of their favourite parts and creating a remarkably new, historically based sound, tunes that are simultaneously fresh while steeped in the World Championship Belts of alternative rock / punk / industrial / metal from the last 30 years.
Lévis, Quebec based Vibrant Heels bandmates Jordan Jolicoeur (Vocals), Alex Bussières (Guitar), Alex Rancourt (Bass & Back Vocals), and Manuel Allaire-Durand (Drums) have created an amazing full-throttle rock album inspired by 80’s and 90’s alternative, industrial, and metal, with a pop sensibility that is audaciously adventurous and incredibly improbable.
DRIVEN is Indiana Jones meets 1.21 Gigawatts battling Battle Star Galactica Cyclones at a Frankie and Annette Back to the Beach mosh pit in black shirts and honey-scented dread locks.
Every attempt to write a song-by-song breakdown of the album ends up with a full album listening distraction.
Is it possible that I have already found one of my favourite albums this year and it is only February? Yes, I did give an earlier review a “Best Album of the Year” nod, but Vibrant Heels deserves one as well. So few months, such great records…
Catchy, riffy, poppy, heavy, loud, fast, aggressive, sensible; DRIVEN hits all cylinders, heavy for the Crust crowd, clever for the Alernative crowd, and catchy for the Screamo crowd.
Did I just catch a random flippant Forgotten Rebels vocal line delivery? Forgotten Rebels meets Frank Zappa meets Sons of Freedom meets Faith No More?
Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
To expand the one line review – since more analogies are needed – DRIVEN is the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the mid-80s living with Sons of Freedom, the Vandals, Grim Skunk, Blurtonia, Bionic, and Autopsy in a decrepit time-period house in Montreal listening to crackly Frank Zappa and Slayer records opening for Bootsauce at all ages Death Metal shows re-arranging Rage Against the Machine covers for charity NASCAR races.
How does a four piece pull this all off? Check them out and figure it out.
Go listen. Your ears, and rock-hard-sweaty-mosh-pit-sing-along-attitude, will thank you.
Look out for Violent Heels new album DRIVEN dropping February 10th. Listen, and buy, Vibrant Heels on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or any other streaming services. Check Vibrant Heels on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1KXZxBnVis, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzGIY0fYHUc; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vibrantheels/; and the official website: http://vibrantheels.wixsite.com/vibrantheels
The Riz is a prolific multi-genre songwriter, lyricist, writer and bassist for “Demolition Rock” sensation Ultimate Power Duo. A staple of the Saskatoon music scene, he has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The Riz is also the composer and saxophone player for R. Muttering, an avant-garde soundscape improvisational electro-acoustic performance art and recording group. Besides his Bachelor of Music in Music Education (B. Mus. (Mus. Ed.) / B. Ed. (Mus.)) from the University of Saskatchewan, he has amazing comic and vinyl collections.