The US blues-rock trio The Vitals released their latest single – Venom And Line on the 1st.
A trio who rarely featured, having first been introduced in 2013 and last appeared three years ago – when they do – the week takes a lift for the better with their unfettered and free range take on the world of rock’n’roll.
Although the music has evolved over the years, the constancy of the three only ever players in The Vitals enables their music to have a consistency of thread and just like catching up with a childhood friend after many years all, immediately, slots in to place as though never gone away. Perhaps this explains their longevity, despite the infrequency of their new material, as although there have only been features in 2013 and 2015, other than a cover song in 2016, this is their complete catalogue of releases.
When The Vitals will return with a new song is open to anyone to speculate, be it tomorrow or in another few years, I look forward to picking up the threads of our connectivity once again at the appropriate moment – until then – Venom And Line (which is available on bandcamp).
Like rolling waves, swooping guitars, tumble into the room sweeping up the listener in sounds which are difficult to accept only emanate from three players. There are complex interwoven layers of music that The Vitals extend to the ears in an unhurried manner, allowing the brain to ingest the big statements which despite their power are tender and textured.
Having gained a few years experience The Vitals have a confidence in their compositions, which is reflected in the songs, that are unforced enabling the audience to relax in the experience. Whilst wrested from rock ‘n’ roll the trio add layers to the sound which provide emotional context and something of a psychedelic feel without becoming trippy. If you are in the mood for some well developed mellow rock there are few bands who will have more to offer.
I believe they are currently working on some new material for another LP and if the music on this new release is in away related to their established material it will be an album worth adding to the collection.