Fake Vulgarys is a band from Brazil composed of Rafael Cataldo (vocals, electric guitar, keyboard), Caio Guttner (bass and backing vocals) and Eduardo Limas (Drums). Their recent release five-song EP entitled A Man Who Says is a fairly standard rock album that sounds like a culmination of just about every alternative band from the late ‘90s.
I’m not too cognizant on the current rock scene in Brazil but I think audiences in the US would feel like they were listening to something from about fifteen years ago.The band recorded, mixed and mastered in their home studio and it is pretty obvious within the first thirty seconds that there are a number of aesthetic issues with recordings. Some of the recordings sound better then others but they run into problems when they rock out and introduce distortion. The mixes sound narrow and the guitar recordings leave something to be desired.
The first two tracks “So! Where is my Soul?” and “Sin City” don’t contain many unique elements and will most likely be forgotten when they are over because they sound so familiar. It isn’t until the third song “In Any Life With Her” that the band starts to display some distinct flavors. Cataldo delivers his best vocal performance here. He seems more relaxed and loose and less nasally sounding than on the other tracks. The lyrics were pretty simplistic. He sings, “I wanna walk away from the summer / I wanna find a new way my brother / I wanna feel the joy and love inside / I wanna try to find another way out.”
“Fight For Another Day” is a sentimental rocker where Catalado sounds like a motivational speaker. He sings, “When you have to face it away / Don´t just sit in a chair and pray / You gotta do what it takes it, man!” and “C´mon and fight for another day! Fill up the crater of your shames.” I guess everyone needs a bit of inspiration now and then. They close with “A Man Who Says,” which sounds like a combination of Alice N Chains and Staind.
A Man Who Says is a mixed EP but it will be your ticket if you have a hankering for lo-fi rock that was popular in the states a good ten to fifteen years ago.
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