Melody Calling [EP]Featured review by: UG Team, on august 14, 2013 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Shortly after the release of their debut album, indie rock group The Vaccines was quickly recognized as a forerunner in the post-punk revival music scene. The band become an overnight sensation in the United Kingdom with their debut album, creatively titled "What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?", reaching #4 on the UK Album Charts and becoming the best-selling debut album of 2011. The band's sound was compared by music critics to that of Ramones and The Strokes, with members of The Vaccines themselves stating their influences as "'50s rock 'n' roll through to '80s American hardcore, and a lot of good pop music." Since the release of their debut album, The Vaccines have continued to rise in popularity; just last year, the band issued a follow-up studio album, titled "Come of Age." This time the album ended up reaching #1 on the UK Album Charts. The band has also earned several co-headlining and opening gigs playing for such groups as The Rolling Stones and Red Hot Chili Peppers, amongst others.
Continuing the band's apparent effort to issue one new studio release a year, The Vaccines are returning to the music scene in 2013, this time bearing the first EP in their catalogue. The new release, titled "Melody Calling," is a collection of appropriately melodic songs which feature some enjoyable vocal harmonies, complimentary electric guitar licks and more dominate acoustic playing. We get a bold first look at the direction The Vaccines are currently taking with "Everybody's Gonna Let You Down," a song which includes some bright synthesizer playing and another memorable riff from lead guitarist Freddie Cowan. There is definitely a nostalgia factor at work here, the combination of deep vocal melodies and acoustic guitar playing bears some significant resemblance to something you would expect to hear from a Weezer deep track.
This collection of songs are much more laid back as compared to the high energy style previously featured on the band's two studio albums, and on such songs as "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)." However it still a very worthwhile release, that any established fan of The Vaccines should be able to easily appreciate. // 7
Lyrics: Lead vocalist Justin Hayward-Young gives a continuously standout performance throughout "Melody Calling." Throughout the songs included in this release Justin primarily sticks to his lower vocal range, which allows guitarist Freddie Cowan, bass player rni rnason and percussionist Pete Robinson to help provide some pitch perfect vocal harmonies. In fact, it is these same harmonies that make such songs as the title track so standout. // 8
Overall Impression: The Vaccines deliver another dosage of standout songs with their new EP, "Melody Calling." While this release shows the band moving in a more acoustically-driven direction, this change in sound in no way hurts the outcome of their performance. This choice in instrumentation also allows the group's vocal harmonies to stand out that much more, and is one of the true highlights of this release. "Melody Calling" is an EP that I have no reservations in recommending to fans of the indie rock music genre, as well as established fans of the band's earlier albums. // 8