o'summer vacation
Wicked Heart



Release Date: 06/24/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just the good noise. Fuck your stereo.

Noise is loud and you can feel it. It is not distortion and it is not feedback. It is noise. O’Summer Vacation are noisy. They’re an off-kilter punk trio from Kobe; they are awesome and they play noise rock. It is loud. In a similar fashion to arch-influence Melt-Banana, they make music so raw, raucous and savagely joyful that you could hardly call it anything else; as similarities go, you could hardly ask for anything more opportune. However, unlike Melt-Banana’s inimitable overdrive warpings and unconventional guitar layerings, O’Summer Vacation keep their arrangements brutally simplistic, rolling with bone-dry tones, minimal overdubs and no clutter. Clutter in this case means a number of things, one of them being guitars: the band revolve around a Ruins-esque bass-and-drum partnership, topped off by vocalist Ami, who spits and howls enough milligrams of adrenaline out of her guts to defibrillate the most mangled of recent roadkill.

It’s a lot, and I occasionally wonder whether she’s the sanest of the bunch. With such a spartan arrangement and mix, each member has ample space to make their presence felt, and thanks to their obvious chemistry, the band’s instrumental pair seem to egg each other on to new levels of batshit. At points this comes off with a wire focus, as per the groove that carries “DxOxN/Eight”’s splintering backend jam; other times it’s a rare brand of frenetic chaos, as per "HOMMAGE"'s dance-punk vortex of broken melodies and incomprehensible scattish hooks. The latter track in particular spotlights bassist Mikiiiiii, perhaps the most colourful member of the trio. The man lays down anything from hyperspeed fingertapped thrills (“pandemic?”) to punkish hard-picked carnage ("black heat"), and his style is as electrifying as it is dizzying. In light of this, Ami’s vocal performance is perhaps more shrewdly gauged than her hectic delivery would suggest; songs like “HOMMAGE” see her holding down the band's rhythmic and, fleetingly, melodic hooks rather than knocking things any further off-whack. She cedes the spotlight to her bandmates enough to preserve her novelty, but she generally does a great job of rendering a potentially challenging set of mathish freak-outs approachable and, dare I say, catchy?

The same can’t be quite said for the album’s overall pacing. It seems thoroughly catered to replicating the intensity and feel of a live performance; although this suits the band down to the ground aesthetically, their willingness to change tack at the drop of a hat tends towards a energy-first songwriting approach and masks a myriad solid ideas that, perhaps, hold more ground than they're given given credit for. It's hard to criticise music like this for being too much, too fast, but I feel their barrage of infectious grooves and melodic door-slammers have enough going for them to warrant a little more of their own space. The album's more developed tracks "after all", "HOMMAGE" and "DxOxN/eight" would vindicate this, each one easily strong enough to hold its own ground amidst such breakneck pacing; impressive and entertaining as the rest of the album is, I think the band could benefit from exploring this approach further.

As it is, Wicked Heart feels less like an "album" album and more like a moving, shaking, grinning invitation to O'Summer Vacation's live show. With its deployment of eleven tracks in about as many manic minutes, the band hardly overstay their welcome or leave themselves pause for breath, but having proved their strengths so adroitly it will be interesting to see how they translate this experience into a satisfying encore. Goodness knows I'll see you there.




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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2021


40856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome and cool and fun and almost certainly better than whatever you're jamming right now and gets bonus points for having the coolest Sput staffer on board (but WHO???) okay enjoy it

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Casavir
July 6th 2021


4462 Comments


This actually looks sick, will check, thank you.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2021


8840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ooooh need to listen

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kkarron
July 6th 2021


229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When that vinyl finally ships it's gonna make my year yo.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2021


25638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck this fuck that, god bless you and I own you an ice cold asahi from the finest barrel my man.



Love it.



Edit: also pls notice I had this rated BEFORE I joined the band. Actually I'm gonna 5 it now.

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2021


40856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Party: ON!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2021


25638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, a couple of vids:



Imitation Imitation: https://youtu.be/_LmLnY9THLw



Hommage: https://youtu.be/Y0Dz8bxe9hk



Thanks again Johnny for the write up and to our overlords for featuring it m(_ _)m

ArsMoriendi
July 6th 2021


35147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's only 19 minutes, but it's a studio album? Minutemen much



Gonna listen now

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ArsMoriendi
July 6th 2021


35147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Giving it a light four



Needs more listens, but it's deff fun

WatchItExplode
July 6th 2021


9244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I can get down with this.

Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2021


15236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dewi's modesty not to just 5

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Pheromone
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2021


15236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

> gets bonus points for having the coolest Sput staffer on board (but WHO???) okay enjoy it



is xenophane still staff ? !

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2021


40856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's a Xenoblade?

Lasssie
July 6th 2021


905 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you know what grinds my xenogears?

Trifolium
July 6th 2021


26062 Comments


Johnny I can always tell by your summaries that the review came from you. Always.

Would I like this? Not too chaotic?

ArsMoriendi
July 6th 2021


35147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd be surprised if you liked it

Trifolium
July 6th 2021


26062 Comments


I have the feeling I would be surprised too.

ArsMoriendi
July 6th 2021


35147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's only 19 minutes so it wouldn't be a long listen if you did though



Think Melt-Banana minus the chipmunk vocals and a bit tamer

Trifolium
July 6th 2021


26062 Comments


That does sound promising. Tomorrow will tell! Exciting times!

Hawks
July 6th 2021


75355 Comments


Gotta jam.



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