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Vermishus - 2002 Suburban Parralax

ARTIST: Vermishus
ALBUM: Suburban Parralax
LABEL: Half A Cow Records
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Liz Eylander - vocals * Jacinta Parram - guitars, vocals, bass * Anna Needs - guitars * Lizzie Lamb - bass * Naren Hoosen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bleed Out * 02 Silencet * 03 Amaze Me * 04 Anyone * 05 Cyst * 06 Fat Controller


The Runaways have so much to answer for. Despite have an often questionable talent, they possessed a real energy which - like The Gogo's after them - would inspire thousands of girls in their late teens/early twenties to pick up instruments. In the early 90s came the mighty Veruca Salt, whose balancing act of angst and sugary choruses created some excellent music. That brings us to Half a Cow signings Vermishus whose main songwriter, Jacinta Parram, cited Veruca Salt and Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' among her influnces during the band's first meeting at HAC. The band's music, as you've no doubt by now worked out for yourself, is a blend of bottom-end angst and user-friendly choruses. Okay.. that statement has probably ensured all of the AOR purists have gone to read something else, so for the benefit of the rest of you..

The Songs
The tribal elements during 'Bleed Out' is obviously where the 'Tusk' influences are found, as the main focus is on the drums. There's also a down-tuning of the guitars which gives the track a gritty feel, although it's not a total noise-fest by an means. 'Silencet' is notable for its use of strings - it's been a long while since I heard a string section used in such an unconventional way. Many bands use strings for colour in the rock ballad scenario. Not Vermishus, no sir. They've chosen to fully orchestrate the middle section on what is probably the heaviest track here, making it very dark. 'Anyone' reminds me of The Breeders and the all too often overlooked Jale - a band whom in terms of overall feel, Vermishus have much in common. There's enough gusto during 'Fat Controller' to ensure this mini album finishes on a high; Patti Smith's cover of 'My Generation' would be a useful reference point.

In Summary
Obviously, being the band's first recordings on an independent label, there are a few rough edges. The six tracks here may not be perfect but they show promise. It's best remembered that many bands of a similar ilk improved over the course of their respective careers, so I expect that next time around Vermishus, too, will have become a tighter musical unit. In the meantime, there's enough here to give you a taste. Check them out - there's more info on the Half a Cow website (URL above).

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