Vegas!
Midnight Machine


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
April 20th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Could I have a Drive Like Jehu sound-alike please, topped with attitude and those little catchy surf-rock riffs on the side?... oh, and heavy on the sexy please!

Midnight Machine is unlike anything else of late. Vegas! is a group somehow transported from the heyday of the 90‘s, reminiscent of bands like Unwound and Drive Like Jehu, to modern day Berlin. They somehow combine surfy, over-driven guitars in a blender with a delightful indie surf vibe and the sexiness of the chica on the cover. While it may sound messy and a little unrefined, that almost seems like the point at times. The genuine, percussive tunes seem energetic to the point of annoyance here and there, but are careful never to cross the line. The band’s natural propensity to make it lovable gives way to harmonious (not aurally speaking, but rather in the sense that it fits well) bliss. At a modest 5 songs, the Midnight Machine EP is more impressive in the sense of Vegas!’s unique sound, rather than the actual songs themselves. Keep Vegas! at the top of your radar of upcoming bands that aren’t content with rehashing the sounds of last year.

In actuality, there’s rarely a moment on Midnight Machine that stands out and makes you gasp in relapse. Instead, as the EP begins to sink in, you feel yourself becoming more and more inclined towards the catchy punk riffs erected nicely among the mostly clean vocal melodies. Sure, “Safehoue For Tigers” has some slower sections that solidify feelings that say, “Vegas! has definite potential;” but even so, it’s not a song with serious replay value. “Scream & Shout,” with provocative lyrics and a line that I dare you not to get stuck in your head, ”Just scream my name now / Just spit it out now / I never felt so good, in my life”, seems to hit the spot at first. Upon repeat listens though, the single track becomes a bit underwhelming in its lack of substance. These all sound like negative points, don’t they?

Well, maybe in one respect. Taken in a different context, though, and Midnight Machine is one of the more exciting EPs to begin the decade. Rather than simply including a few catchy songs with one-liners and lovable riffs, Vegas! grant us a look into their sound, and one that translates perfectly to the LP format. An encompassing attitude envelopes Midnight Machine in a dark, sexy curtain just waiting to be unwound. Sound enticing? That’s because it is.



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bloc
April 20th 2010


34915 Comments


Clicked because of the album cover.

SeaAnemone
April 20th 2010


20515 Comments


so yeah, if on the small off-chance you're not listening to The National, BSS, MTB, etc.s upon end, and you want something darker... this is it.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Parallels
April 20th 2010


6641 Comments


album cover is like flies to shit. caught my attention

SeaAnemone
April 20th 2010


20515 Comments


what if that's not the actual cover and I just put it there to get views?

EVedder27
April 20th 2010


6088 Comments


I am intrigued.

bloc
April 20th 2010


34915 Comments


what if that's not the actual cover and I just put it there to get views?

If so, you are a genius, my man.

SeaAnemone
April 20th 2010


20515 Comments


Vedder, wasn't I telling you about this the other day I think?

JWT155
April 20th 2010


9289 Comments


I'm intrigued.

EVedder27
April 20th 2010


6088 Comments


oh yes I remember that now. Will have to listen very soon.

americanmusicmachine
April 20th 2010


3953 Comments


drive like jehu and unwound comparisons guarentees i'll check this out.

SeaAnemone
April 20th 2010


20515 Comments


it's like a less serious version of those a little... idk, I'm not an expert on those bands but they're cool and Vegas! sounds like them

PuddlesPuddles
April 20th 2010


4784 Comments


Clicked because of the album cover x2

SeaAnemone
April 20th 2010


20515 Comments


these reviews are SO much easier than big ones like BSS... took me half as long, like 20 min, and turned out better tbh

Calculate
April 21st 2010


1135 Comments


I think I might like this. Good review as always.

SeaAnemone
April 21st 2010


20515 Comments


you would definitely dig this Calculate

Skyler
April 22nd 2010


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The production on this is atrocious.



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