Review Summary: VANT are back…..annnd they’re leaving.
VANT have come out with an EP, along with a message that they’ll be going on an indefinite hiatus. Mattie Vant has stated that the band are not having any in-group quarrels, and that there’s a good chance they’ll be back in 2018, which is reassuring to those that follow them and love their music.
“Talk Like Thunder” consists of 6 songs, with 5 originals and 1 cover, being that of “Beetlebum” by Blur. Not unlike their debut record, “Dumb Blood,” VANT seek to make various political statements in this EP. Ranging from songs about how screwed America is to how bad working conditions are in some countries, the London rockers have stayed true to themselves in writing lyrics discussing what they are passionate about.
The title track, “Talk Like Thunder,” brings us a brilliant song that is well-crafted, and has various elements that show how VANT have evolved since their first album was released. The introduction of gospel-style backing vocals was a nice added touch as well.
“America” is the second track on the record, and very much summarises VANT’s political views. Clearly taking the view of someone who is anti-Trump, Mattie yells “U.S.A is burning” and “America is dreaming of white supremacy.” This song strikes me as a 2017 version of “Holiday” (Green Day), and musically, doesn’t do much for me.
“Jump” is the most interesting of the songs on this mini-album. It has Mattie yelling Tarzan, and a chorus that is really catchy, making it a fitting single for the EP. This track has a cool breakdown, which builds up into the last chorus and makes for a great ending.
For the last track, the band decided to do a cover of Blur’s “Beetlebum” and they did a bloody good job of it! Whilst the original has quite a build up to it, VANT have turned it into a straight-to-the-point tune with little left to the imagination. The chorus has a bit of an Oasis vibe to it, which is interesting considering the feud between said band and Blur. Could this have been paying homage to the war that jump-started Brit-Pop"
“Talk Like Thunder” a whole is a really solid effort from VANT, but with news of their indefinite break-up, it would be a little underwhelming for this to be their final offering as a group. Worth a listen, but hasn’t set new ground.