The female-fronted rock band Vamoosery comprised of Sheridan Skinner (vocals/keyboards), Joel Julian (guitars), Jack Colchester (bass) and Luke Webster (drums) formed around three years ago and released their debut five song self-titled EP Vamoosery a couple of months ago. It more or less sounds like a demo but it gives you a good idea of what the band offers,
They are a no frills, straightforward rock band that contain elements of prog, classic rock and even sound like a jam band once in a while. The song ares energetic and loose but the lyrics are ultra serious and devoid of any frivolous sentiment. I didn’t mind the juxtaposition but a little bit of self-deprecating humor with the ability to look outside your own perspective here and there would have been beneficial.
They open with “Listen!” which is a dynamic song that goes back and forth between rocking out and melodic verses. The lyrics during the verse read almost exactly like the post breakup letter I received from my ex-girlfriend when I was in high school, which was about 20 years ago. She sings, “Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears! Where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
The band is a little bit more optimistic all around on “Pieces.” They have a slight jam band feel on this song and Skinner isn’t too overridden with melancholy and doubt on this song and I like it.
I enjoyed the song “Solid Ground” but the lyrics struck me as funny in a good way. She sings, “Here I stand waiting for you to rescue me / How long will I wait?” I thought that was going to be a rhetorical question but apparently she has a time limit she thinks. She then sings, “Maybe a lifetime but… I will wait 40 years or more.” I found the lyrics incredibly endearing in some way and wanted her next lyric to read “you might be pushing your luck if you expect me to wait 50 years.”
They close with “You Are Always Near” which was either about Jesus or a romantic interest. I'm pretty sure the latter as it runs consistent with the general theme.
Overall, this band has some talent. The music is technically proficient and sometimes creative while Skinner is a solid singer with a dynamic voice. In no way do I mean for this to be an insult but Vamoosery’s music feels like it was made by a younger generation and will probably have more resonance be to a younger generation. The themes, lyrics and music reminded me of the emotions and feelings one has in their late teens and early 20’s. That is good news for Vamoosery because there will always be a generation of kids turning into young adults who will have the same extreme, polarized, not know what to do with emotions they are singing about.
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