Vintage Crop - Serve To Serve Again [CD]
Catalogue No.: UTR131CD
Release Date: 19th February 2021
VOTED BY 6 MUSIC'S STEVE LAMACQ AS HIS # 1 BEST ALBUM OF 2020!
PRESELLING NEW LIGHT BLUE VINYL PRESSING OF 500 COPIES WORLDWIDE PLUS CD FORMAT FOR THE FIST TIME.
Since ‘Serve To Serve Again’ was released in Aug 2020 the album has won plaudits from Uncut (8/10), Loud & Quiet (8/10), Dusted, Brooklyn Vegan and The Quietus, including significant countless plays and an interview on BBC 6music.
Steve Lamacq’s particular love of the album also led to him choosing it as his personal favourite ‘album of the year’ for 6music’s end of year list. ‘Serve To Serve Again’ will be reissued by Upset The Rhythm on limited edition light blue vinyl (180g) and on CdDfor the first time on February 19th via Upset The Rhythm.
“Rangy, high-tensile guitar lines and clipped rhythms are a foil for urgent, righteously scathing vocals, while their energy switches skillfully between coiled and carerering”. UNCUT
“On the whole, their third album shows the band carving out a sound which is infectious, and truly their own. When moshing returns, we’ll be down the front.” LOUD & QUIET
“Serve To Serve Again is a grand step up, ou’ll have heard its pared-down arrangements and conversational vocals, or something like them, before, but when it’s done right, it feels dang right.” THE QUIETUS
“If you're familiar with Melbourne, Australia's current garage punk scene, it won't take too long listening to Vintage Crop's "Gridlock" before realizing they're part of it. Every song's a ripper.” BROOKLYN VEGAN
“It’s very good, tight and disciplined and explosive, and would be fine even with stupid lyrics, but there are none of those here. Cherry’s words are the best part, precise, derisive and devastating.” DUSTED
“Vintage Crop are bit hard on the live socket swagger of Wire, The Fall, and other such ‘70s spitters with jagged leads and caustic choruses. The record swings from pit-sweat thrummers to the kind of writhing, coiled killers that have made the band such an endearing presence the last couple of years.” RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES
For Fans Of : Uranium Club/Eddy Current/Wire/The Stranglers/The Yummy Fur.
VINTAGE CROP serve to serve again. Over the last four years the Geelong group have become a burgeoning force in the Australian punk scene. Their burly, brusque yet supple songs have evolved from the garage rock of 2017’s ‘TV Organs’ album into the post-punk panic attack of last year’s ‘Company Man’ EP. Now they’ve sculpted their sound further, the barrage now offset with robust songwriting, their full-pelt bounce tempered with flailing guitar lines and sardonic commentary. Bringing to mind Wire tackling tracks from early 7”s by The Yummy Fur, it’s an inspired approach, both striking and effortlessly mirthful. Vintage Crop still dish-up plenty of commanding stomp, their lyrics remain as keen-eyed as ever, but now they’re unafraid to mess with the tempo and drive their point home.
‘Serve To Serve Again’ is Vintage Crop’s third full-length album. It was recorded by Mikey Young after a year of playing solid shows, including tours in Europe and the UK alongside Louder Than Death and URSA and some of the band’s biggest shows to date in Australia with Amyl & The Sniffers, R.M.F.C. and The Stroppies. This allowed Vintage Crop to nail the songs live before committing them to tape, pulling and pushing ideas, stretching them into new-found territories. ‘First In Line’ races off the blocks with its sawtooth riff and splintered beat, all jagged edges and ragged vocals. Quickly follow a pair of totemic bruisers in the guise of ‘The Ladder’ and ‘The North’, both brimming with a nigh anthemic quality, confident in their faculty to rouse the rabble. ‘Jack’s Casino’ is a lurching romp about gambling, ‘Streetview’ is similarly propellent, only choosing to meander and divert itself with cryptic trips around the neighbourhood: “He only moved to that side of town because the postcode is worth it’s weight in gold”.
There’s no better poised nod to frustration than ‘Gridlock’ - “the hustle and bustle of inner-city traffic is driving me nuts because the radios on static”. Guitar lines entwine and wriggle wildly free from the song’s pouncing rhythm and potent vocal, making for the most vigorous of rackets. ‘Just My Luck’ prowls with a shared thrumming verve, whilst ‘Everyday Heroes’ closes out the album with measured flair. Skewed and fervent, rangy at times yet always assured in its intent ‘Serve To Serve Again’ is long-legged leap for Vintage Crop into the delirious now. These songs strive to make sense of futility, they criticise the chain of command, question privilege and most importantly make us want more from life. Now all we have to do is turn up the volume!
Track listing: 01. First In Line 02. The Ladder 03. The North 04. No Praise 05. Jack’s Casino 06. Streetview 07. Serve Again 08. Gridlock 09. Life and Times 10. Just My Luck 11. Tension 12. Everyday Heroes
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