The Vinyl Reprisal began performing their original material in early 2017, once they had established a strong following on the local music scene for their impressive covers set. Their strongest performances included songs by the likes of Oasis, The Kinks, Kasabian, James, The Clash and many more. It wasn’t long after that they began to establish their own sound, with Britpop and punk bands having strong influences when it came to writing and recording their own material.
The Vinyl Reprisal are fronted by Kris Carr (vocals), supported by Dan Harrison (guitar), Jamie Roberts (bass), and Anthony Kelly (drums).
The five-track ‘Graffiti’ EP, recorded and produced by the band, captures the energy, attitude and catchy choruses that have been hallmarks of their live set. Graffiti was released on 26th May this year, and is a perfect example of the band’s unique style.The EP consists of 5 tracks, I'm So Bored, Kill Your Dreams, Graffiti, Trash Talk, and Chuck in the Towel.
In my opinion the strongest tracks on the EP are I'm So Bored and the title track Graffiti.I'm so bored kicks off with the hammering of drums which gradually intensify before climaxing at the beginning of the verse, which, when coupled with its infectious chorus really gets you addicted. The gritty vocals add to the effect leaving you still humming the tune long after it's finished. An energetic start to the EP which is reinforced throughout the other tracks.
Graffiti is a Fratellis meets Oasis concoction that works very well. The superb catchy guitar riffs and earthy vocals, along with captivating drum beats certainly make this a feel good song. The track is about creative influences, with subtle references in there to Strummer and Springsteen among others.
Kill Your Dreams and Trash Talk are also laced with the same Fratellis/Oasis potion, which boldly emphasize the word alternative in the phrase alternative rock. Their unique way of demonstrating a modern alternative rock style with hints of the past eras is dominant throughout these tracks.
Chuck in the Towel I have to say, has strong elements of the Clash, similar to 'should I stay or should I go', which takes me back. An instrumental section has a calming effect amidst the aggressive lyrics of the song resulting in a well-constructed journey between the traditional punk and alternative genres.
The Vinyl Reprisal have proven they have the serious potential needed to succeed, and all in all this EP is a solid effort, which leaves me wondering where this will lead for them. I would most definitely like to experience a live performance from this band, as I feel they've demonstrated such high energy throughout the EP, that this would only be intensified at a live show.
The way they drag elements of The Clash and other traditional punk bands into their own unique alternative rock/punk sound definitely swings it for me. There's not enough of the old 60's 70's punk being kept alive these days. I'm hopeful that these guys will continue to do this throughout their musical journey, wherever it make take them.
If, like me you find yourself wanting to experience these guys live, The Vinyl Reprisal have upcoming gigs see below for details:
1st September - The Actress and Bishop
7th October - The Sunflower Lounge