Monday 17 April 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Screamo / Sludge / Noise
Related artistsPhoenix Bodies, Mara'akate, Hospital and Brighter Arrows.
CountryChesterton, Indiana USA
Years Active2016-present
Song: "Untitled 1"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2017
For fans ofRayleigh, Phoenix Bodies, Cassilis, AnodyneSeventeen Again, Remote, Creeper, Graf Orlock, Furnace, Moxiebeat, Jesuit, Bucket Full Of Teeth, No Faith, Ruined Families and Callow aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2017 Mix. This is track #5.
You can download: the April 2017 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2017 Mix#5 here.

Someone posted on facebook that Colin May had a new band so, naturally, I shit my pants, had a fit, incoherently tried to express my joy to my wife, downloaded it and then got it ready for posting almost immediately. Colin May is, simply put, a beautiful person. After meeting him at a Cleveland show for his band Phoenix Bodies in 2006-2007 on the La Quiete tour, we just seemed to hit it off. He has also spent time in Hospital, Mara'akate and Brighter Arrows but my heart with always belong to the grindy/screamo gods Phoenix Bodies. I interviewed Colin a few years back which is a good read and is linked here.

His new band VAC is one of sludgy and dark hardcore with some minor screamo influences, much like the first Rayleigh EP, Cassilis and Anodyne. The 'Demo' EP begins with "Untitled 1", a rowdy number that perfectly exemplifies what VAC is all about. The middle section from about 35 seconds to 53 is a sweet buildup that explodes afterwards in typical pre-2010 Colin May style. "Untitled 2" is soaked in feedback for 27 seconds and then the speakers explode in a raw, dirty and toxic mess that is sloshed around until 1:20 when the sewage catches fire and ignites in a poisonous cloud of sludgy hardcore. "Untitled 3" is easily one of my favourites, as it descends quickly into subterranean hardcore/metal, gathers forces and then ascends quickly with an army that wreaks havoc above ground from 40 to 60 seconds with dizzying instrumentals and monstrous vocals. "Untitled 4" opens with what sounds like a semi-improvisational noise outro to a live set, but by 50 seconds the ominous cloud that is VAC comes in full force, opting for strong Cassilis vibes, whether intentional or not. "Untitled 5" closes this debut and is the lengthiest song here, clocking in at 4:11. Just before the one-minute mark the guitars and distant yells (not unlike Derek Black) adopt a strong Phoenix Bodies feel, but this dissipates as the song continues to chug along, resembling bands like Jesuit, Anodyne and Creeper more than anything else. It's also worth nothing that this cover art is sick.

I can't wait to see what's next!



2017 - Demo digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)


(2017) VAC - "Untitled 3" (from 'Demo')

(2017) VAC - "Untitled 1" (from 'Demo')


VAC additional links


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