When a band is committed to and enjoys the music they are making, it shines through; similarly to when they have good attitudes about performing. It is a common downfall that the more talented the band is, the worse their attitude is, and a lot of the time that is the point when their music gets less and less, well, bearable. However, after seeing Vinyl Thief play live, their talent and small-scale fame has not changed their attitudes for the worse, and their positive energy shines through majorly in their “mini-EP,” as lead vocalist Grayson Proctor put it at their recent show in Jackson, Tennessee.
This so-called mini-EP consists of three songs, but do not let the length dissuade you from giving it a go. These three songs are not only enough to turn your frowns upside down, or wake you up on the right side of the bed in the morning, or even to get a dance party started on the weekends, but it is also just enough to leave you excited to hear what the band will produce next.
Of the three songs, there are a few repeated themes: the catchy, suave, attitude-filled melodies, the subtle but mood-setting guitar work, and the dominant synth – the things that define the band in Rebel Hill. Opening track “Faces” has an acoustic rhythm guitar paired with poppy drums and slight synth usage to give it an Honorary Title feel. This is just a warm-up to the dancy-ness that ensues in the following two songs. The second song, “Pipes,” has a more sultry feel and is focused primarily on vocals until the Hot Hot Heat-esque build-up a little over halfway through. Finally, the title track is the catchiest and danciest of them all. Everything from the drums to the synth to the vocals will loop in your head for days.
Vinyl Thief is a very promising electro-pop band that has created an EP (mini-EP) that does exactly what it should – leave you begging for more. Rebel Hill is among perfect timing in the music industry these days – and it’s free for all to download – so excuses are eliminated.