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VANTANA ROW ‘Homelist’

Jul 5, 2023 | Punk, Reviews

Cybergrind? Glitchpunk? An album with big heart and devilish intentions

Ever wondered what 100 Gecs would sound like being remixed by Garry Brents? No, neither have we, but now everyone has a good idea. Cybergrind? Glitchpunk? Call it what you will, but this project goes deeper than a mere digital carve up, as Homelist sees Jamey and Volly, of Vantana Row, honour their mothers in their own unique way.

A majority of the album comprises of songs from previous releases covering Jamey’s late mother’s band Draggin’ Suzy, and more covers selected, and sung, by Volly’s mother.

The straight ahead punk strut stylings of the Draggin’ Suzy originals are pulverised and scrambled into an unrecognisable concoction. A semblance of song structure remains only to be smothered in Volly’s charred vocals. It’s wholesome home cooking abused by the cruelest kamikaze cheffing. And, we love it!

As for the other random covers, who couldn’t have some fun with the stuttering lyrics of Echo & The Bunnymen’s Thorn Of Crowns. However, the prize goes to Drowning Man, a lesser known U2 song: remnants of melody are stretched to breaking point as a multi-generational vocal duo unleash hell.

An album with a big heart and devilish intentions.

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