Virgin Kids Share Rowdy Debut Greasewheel

As the name of this assortment of tracks suggests this is an interesting ride. This London based group has seemed to capture a disruptive essence from the city and transferred it into their sound. The opener Bruised Knees starts instantly with a hectic flurry of vocals, melodies and drum rhythm. This song is like a sour green apple that takes a few bites to really sink into. On first listen it’s a bit unsettling and in the listeners face but once they persevere they’re welcomed to a much more slacking and calmed tune of Cracks In A Colour, that starts pretty lazy but just builds and builds into something much more fun. It’s like a sleepy, really excitable puppy when it spots a leash in its owner’s hand. 

My Alone is the dramatic song with crashing symbols and a rhythm that’s sprinting away till it concludes. It’s classic garage rock but with a more upbeat and accessible tinge to it that’s got wide appeal. The risk with garage rock though is that despite being obviously different it can seem a bit samey because of the feeling the listener gets with the songs. Despite Never Nude being rhythmically different it seems repetitive because, like the other tracks in the album, it excites, it disrupts and it’s noisy. There’s nothing really different to take the listener away from that, which can make this energetic sound a bit boring and tired by the end of the album. Standing alone these songs are good and great and worth listening to but together they’re like plate tectonics crashing into each other, they rub against and erode the appeal.

Shrink sounds and feels slightly different than the previous tracks as it’s much more sinister than the other tracks, it’s got a darker tone to it that strikes more fear and hopelessness into the listener, which is a welcomed change up. It’s still got the same style vocals and hard hitting drums but it’s some of the notes the guitar hits that makes it more of a horror scene than a pub brawl like the other songs. Its transitions into the short, even more sinister burst of sound that follows really well. Be Your Friend is a nice change up, it’s devilishly charming and upbeat and is a more folk inspired song, with quick strumming that was a nice, carefree addition to the end of this album which has spectacular songs but don’t really complement each other. This album is like wearing an all-black outfit, the colour would be striking on its own but together it kind of fades away and loses that punch.

Domenic Edwards

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