In the fall of 2009, Seattle punk band Virgin Islands gave us their debut EP after only a short time of existence. That EP, despite only containing four tracks, demonstrated the type of skill and songwriting prowess one could expect from a seasoned band with years under their belt. So it’s with great anticipation that we receive “No Doctor”, a track off Virgin Islands’ new album Ernie Chambers Vs. God.
And sure enough, we’re instantly treated with those same heavy guitar riffs laid out in a catchy melody and rough punk vocals. It’s loud and the lyrics will stick with you. It has plenty of that Pacific Northwest punk sound, heard in artists like Thermals (well, maybe early Thermals) and The Cops (the two share members) and The Intelligence and The Lights. Yes, “No Doctor” competes easily with songs from all of these local veteran bands.
Ernie Chambers Vs. God comes out May 10 via The Control Group.
Download: “No Doctor” by Virgin Islands
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