Glam rock. You really don’t get a lot of it these days. Bowie, Pulp and Roxy Music can cover most of it but there have been others. Smooch (vocals/guitars/keys/synths), Daniel (bass/guitars/keys/synthesizers), Spencer (drums/percussion/vocals) and Davey (keys/synths/vocals/guitar) are The Voluptuals. They are the first band I have heard in a long time that really were able to define the glam sound for me. It’s tongue in cheek, bubbly, catchy and theatrical. The Voluptuals is somewhere between Ziggy Stardust and Of Montreal and their album Terminal Patience was such a refreshing change of pace.
The album starts with “Violence at Hyperion” which would sound just as home at The Factory in the late ’60s. It’s a wonderfully alluring mix of garage rock aggression and flamboyant theatrics. You are greeted with subdued funk on “Quick...Vogue!” I can’t overstate how much I loved the vocals on this song. The lead hits the perfect amount of hyperbole and the vocal harmonies don’t miss the mark either.
“You'd be the First (To Die in the Zombie Apocalypse)” is fun, catchy and more fun. There are hints of surf that meld with rock for one of the most infectious songs on the album. The song is a blast. There are more good times to be had with “ne plus ultra” and “Orogeny of Failure.”
“Everybody Loves You” also kills it. I’ll take this time to express my appreciation for the lyrics which fit into a somewhat classic psychedelic, glam mold. The words are colorful, fantastical and other worldly. Lines like “Killin time is all the rage / When the hyperreal asylum seekers / Forget your number / Caresses for the blissful faces / Of the glacial insurrection of nothing that plagues us” are all over the album.
“Technologies of Flower” will have you dancing on a psychedelic rainbow and “Cosmic Gutter Boogie” might give you flashbacks of Television playing at CBGB. They close with the more Bowie-esque “Pseudogamy in Athens” which plays into a cosmic arena of sound.
I can’t get enough of this band and luckily I live in Chicago so I can catch them live. If you want to hear a band that get glam and does it so right, then look no further.
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