There’s a low buzz in the air. You can only hear it if you listen hard—very hard. But it’s there; it’s quiet now but it’s gaining in ferocity, gaining in momentum. Pretty soon it will dominate all. The buzz is that of people talking—the good ol’ word of mouth style of promotion—about Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. I first caught wind of the buzz a few months back and, yesterday when I saw Weepy sitting on a shelf, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy (I’m a sucker for WOM impulse buys).
There are only four songs here, tucked softly into a homemade felt enclosure held together by yarn and a button. The colors are, for the most part, primary, but the pop/rock held within covers a much wider aural spectrum. They’re vibrant and radiant and they shine very brightly.
You may draw the conclusion that this EP sounds a bit like something Wolf Parade may have recorded in their early days—however, you’d only be part right. So the vocals are reminiscent of Spencer Krug. And in the edgy guitars ring that influence too; perhaps they are no more prominent than in “Who’s Asking”. But big whop. What Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is, of course, is good. On constant repeat is opener “Cheer For Fate”, perhaps the most unique and catchy tune on the EP, but the rest are just behind.
When I listen to an album for the first time, I rate it in iTunes. The songs that receive four or five stars get added into my Party Shuffle, which I listen to when I’m not focused 100 percent on the music—i.e. when I want background music. If my review hasn’t convinced you to check out the band yet, maybe this will: Every song on Weepy received a full five stars.
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Dull Reason [mp3]
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1. Cheer For Fate
2. Dull Reason
3. Who’s Asking
4. Anchors Dropped