I should really learn that whenever Johnboy asks me “Are you writing anything right now?” he is always going to follow up with “Unearthed Review time!”
Today I find on my list the Bus Vipers, and I marvel at how much a good band name can sway my opinion on a band.
What they have to say about themselves:
The Bus Vipers are rock and pop history fanatics. A Cream drumfill, a Ventures riff or a Supremes harmony are some of the sounds that have inspired main songwriter Daniel Ahern to pen their latest tracks. Their colourful and energetic set draws mainly from the pop, psychedelic and surf music of the 60s, and includes lush soundscaping combined with shamelessly catchy hooks.
Since spawning in April 2012, the band has supported big Australian acts, including The Khanz, Clubfeet, and The Preatures – in Sydney venues including World Bar, Kings Cross Hotel and The Flinders Bar, as well as Canberra venues Phoenix Pub, Trinity Bar, and The Polish Club.
My word I do love a solid happy bouncy track. Magnetic is exactly that. Reading the name Bus Vipers mademe think of a gang of greasers sitting up the back of a school bus causing a nuisance by having leather jackets and sharp haircuts. Listening to their music has shifted that imaginary scene from America to Britain, but the picture remains more or less intact. They have a retro pop feel that i really dig and I’m not just saying that out of fear that they’ll gang dance at me and throw me off their bus.
The second track Moonrocks sadly isn’t anywhere near as fun as their first. While not outright bad it looses the fun of the first track. It slows down and softens a little too far taking the bounce and joy right out of it. The spaced out vibe sits at odds with their garage-y sound and it starts to fall apart for me. Still once that track finished it looped back to Magnetic and I was instantly reminded that I really like it. I am torn.
So one awesome name, one great track, and one average track. How does one rate such a thing?