Review Summary: Vertis have managed to bottle their raucous live energy and transfer it to vinyl.
With a larynx like Simon Neil, backed by the kind of honest-to-goodness, anthemic indie-rock that's been so kind to the Biffster, it is difficult not to make comparisons. But believe me, there is much more to the Dunfermline band’s second E.P. than tip-of-the hat references to Ayrshire's finest exports since Rabbie Burns.
On opener "Nothing Left to Say" the cataclysmic firebomb of guitar and gut-punches repeatedly clout the listener over the head. And before you've even had time to recover, it's straight into "We Don't Need to Know", which charges out to a tarmac-scraping guitar line. Their compatriot tracks also earn their place. On "Over and Out" Vertis exhibit an easy talent for quiet-loud-quiet-loud. Title track "Loose Lips Sink Ships" is a Foo Fighters-nodding slice of anthemic vibro-rock that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and hauls you on another emotional rollercoaster. This impressive short player is rounded off with acoustic number "A Simple Song (To Tell You How I Felt)", which feels like a mellow antidote to the previous 20 minutes of fist-pumping guitar rage. Admirably, vocalist Alan Gilliland-Patterson's Scots accent never journeys south.
With their 'hit and run' brand of rock, you can see why much of the band's reputation has come from their live shows, but unlike many of their peers, Vertis have managed to bottle their raucous live energy and transfer it to vinyl.