Hard to describe, but in the best way possible. That was my first thought when I listened to Life’s Successful Death, Vulgarian’s debut EP. The post-punk noise-makers have drawn on a number of influences that they’ve clearly been exposed to, yet have used this as inspiration to create something entirely unique. There’s an intensity that never lets up, mixed with raw energy and quality production that combine to create fifteen minutes of a powerful, atmospheric piece of work that will leave you gasping for air.
Having previously heard ‘Lost Sanity Smiles’ when they released it back in April, I was expecting to hear something a little more downbeat on the EP’s other three songs. Whilst ‘Life’s Successful Death’ certainly does offer that, it punches you right in the mouth not long after its intro. This isn’t a bad thing though; Vulgarians are obviously a group with a clear vision of how they want to sound, and they don’t try to conform to what may be expected. That’s likely why they’ve had huge success recently, having played the BBC Introducing stage at The Great Escape after being praised repeatedly by Steve Lamacq. Life’s Successful Death is testament to their talent and commitment to creating something exciting and powerful. Now I’m just itching to hear a full-length album. There’s a tour to tide me over until then though, and I’m looking forward them to kicking some listeners right in their earballs.