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Vaguess – Thanks No Thanks – New LP
Under the Gun Records

Vaguess – Thanks No Thanks – New LP

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Once you know it, and maybe if you didn’t (it’s too late for that now), it’s easy to hear this is a one-person project (but not a one-man band), seems to sit fairly nicely next to all those obscure records from decades past that seem to have so much and at the same time so little to do with each other and always make me really happy when I happen upon them, seems maybe a mix of lowkey synth punk, kitchen-sink punk pop and backyard sun tea, UK synth-pop new wave and Southwest American indie rock and cow-punk of the 1980s, Cleveland art rock and NYC underground rock of the 1970s (without showing the heavy VU influence that many of those bands showed), Australian punk of last year or decades ago (I know I make way too many comparisons, but I really hear hints of all those possible influences), the jangle and power-pop with hints of hillbilly and folk that enters at various levels depending on which cut you drop the needle on helping make it a continuation of a Los Angeles tradition that goes back to the 1960s with the wide variety offered from artists like the Byrds (without the Dylan influence) and maybe Skip Spence (if you ventured somewhere in the canyon between his solo work and work with Moby Grape), sounding like it was cooked up in a wooden fruit cellar, a screened-in porch or the plywood loft in a garage.  It sounds pretty wonderful.  – winch

Vinny Earley is the brain (floating in a jar) behind the LA based band Vaguess. You might have seen him around. He's pretty tall, kind of looks like a mix between Hulk Hogan and Bart Simpson and is probably standing in the corner of a house party flicking lit matches at the wall, and talking about how GG Allin wasn't even really that gross. In reality, Earley would more likely be seen surfing, skating, telling a hilarious fart joke, or ripping guitar or drums in one of a handful of heady bands in the LA scene like Diode, 2m8o, and Scam Likely.

Vaguess, however, is Vinny's lifeblood. Since 2012, the band has released a dozen or so LP's and EP's, touring extensively with a rotating cast of Earley's close buds building a cult following. Vinny fearlessly traverses genres, seamlessly switching between glitchy synth punk, jangly art rock, and twangy
cowpunk melded together with his singular approach to songwriting, production, and unique voice. On his latest release Thanks No Thanks, Vaguess joins forces with Under the Gun Records embarking on an odyssey of bigger and bolder production, infectious melody, and introspective songwriting propelled by dialed, head-bobbing rhythms.
With Thanks No Thanks, the vibe of the music shifts in controlled bipolarity as the songs flow from snotty punk tune to heart-felt ballad to dancy Indie banger. The music on this record, however, is uniformly grounded by taut drumming, angular riffing, and tunneling synth arrangements. Earley's singing style pings from more spoken, punctuated post-punk vocals to ringing, belted choruses. The lyrics feel personal, like he's working through feelings of love lost, spiritual devastation, and deep conflict with society’s inequities explored through Earley's poetic, sardonic lens. These narratives careen through the album with the help of densely arranged instrumentation and engineering magic cooked up in Earley's own homespun studio. This album is best enjoyed with headphones as the music thoughtfully swirls in stereo sound.
Vaguess delivers a diverse pallet of modern rock sounds as a uniform and cohesive piece of art. Thanks No Thanks has something for nearly everyone-eggheads and spikey cretins alike. And while Vinny may not look like The Hulkster or Bart Simpson or do any of that other stuff that was said initially, he more importantly continues to contribute his singular and exciting rock n roll vison to the punk zeitgeist with a new Vaguess Record.  -- Sims Hardin

All songs Written, recorded and Mixed by Vinny Earley
Vocals by Jennifer French on "Let U Know" and "OCTA"
Mastered by Andrew Oswald

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