One thing that has occured to me since I started this blog is that I don’t just want it to be about books. I love books and all, but I’m a really slow reader. For example, I’ve been reading one book for the bones of two months now, and I’m not finished it yet. I love reading in that way. I like to digest a novel, and associate it with a certain point in my life. It becomes part of my memories of a certain summer, or christmas or spring. Obviously though, if this blog were to be only about books then I’d not have much to post or talk about. I feel like it would be kind of cheating to review a book that I haven’t read recently as well. So, I have decided to talk about the other things that I am passionate about as well, be it music, or animal rights, TV or whatever else comes to mind.
Today I’m going to talk about a band that I love, called the Vines. The Vines are an Austrailian band, comprised of lead singer Craig Nicholls (who also plays guitar), guitarist Ryan Griffiths, drummer Hammish Rosser and bass player Brad Heald. I got into their music about… four or five years ago. As far as I know they have released five albums. My favourite albums are the first three, called ‘Highly Evolved’, ‘Winning Days’ and ‘Vision Valley’.
‘Highly Evolved’ came out in the early 2000s, around the same time as bands such as the Strokes were debuting as well. The album to me always seemed very punky without really being punk. It is an album best played LOUD. The above is the title track, and even though it is only nintey seconds long, it shows the heavyness of the band. However, like many other Vines albums, some of the songs are ballad like and softer. For instance ‘Autumn Shade’:
Personally, I’ve always preferred the quieter songs such as this one. To me, they are like little bits of gold found at the bottom of a fast stream.
The next album, ‘Winning Days’ contains the second part to Autumn Shade – which I think is one of the Vines best songs.
‘Winning Days’ is a softer album than the first, with lovely tracks such a ‘Sun Child’ and the title track itself, which in my opinion is heartbreakingly bittersweet. It also contains some upbeat songs such as ‘Ride’ which are really fun to listen to.
The final album that I am going to talk about is ‘Vision Valley’. This was the album which got me into their music. The music is a little bit less punky, a little more classic rock and roll. For example, ‘Don’t listen to the Radio’ is more laid back than previous singles, though still very much one of the rockier songs on the album.
My personal favourite song by them is the title track ‘Vision Valley’. As a listener the song is calming and the lyrics are very touching and pensive.
Anyways, that’s the review part over I guess. I’m not very good at describing songs and sounds lol so anyone who reads this will have to forgive me. I’m not even very good with band or track names – I prefer to know as little as possible, and have been known to refer to songs as ‘track four’ or an imagined name. Anyone interested in the Vines should also check out the later albums naturally as well. They are also very good. Here’s the title track of their latest album: Future Primative. It sounds like this should be on a soundtrack to a movie – which is good by me because I really like soundtrack music and music that ties in with a story in general.