Vespa Kill is a band that consists of Adam Symonds (guitar/vocals), Dave Horrocks (bass) and Glen Dafoe (drums). They hail from Australia and recently released a self-titled three-song EP Vespa Kills.
The band has a general rock/alternative sound bearing comparison to bands like Weezer and to many other like-minded alternative acts. They are a tight group with a lot of chemistry but the songs are very familiar sounding usually revolving around a couple of distorted power chords and a rhythm section.
The band did a good job self-producing the EP. That being said there were a little too many high frequencies for my liking.
They open with “Get By” which is the highlight of the three songs by a pretty wide margin. The band captures a kinetic energy on this track. I thought the transitions were effective and well thought out. The vocal delivery was solid especially during the verse. The band's finest moments on the EP comes on the last thirty seconds of this song They almost hit upon a LCD Soundsystem vibe I wanted to hear more of.
Up next is “Benefits” which is a solid song but it sounded like a copious amount of alternative songs that came out of the ’90s. The same could be said about “Summertime” which did have notable guitar riff and catchy vocals.
Vespa Kill is a new band that still needs to dig a little deeper to find a signature sound. They have tons of talent but in 2017 you are going to have to stick out from the crowd if you want to start to attract a large audience.
Luckily, the band has the foundation and tools to take it to the next level. They are all technically apt players who can write a song. Now comes the harder part many bands never get to which is finding that X-factor that can make you rise above.
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