Genre: Horror/Psychedelic Rock
Release date: 5/14/2013
Sounds like: Foxygen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jagwar Ma
Be ready to rock out to this band, because it is the headliner for Mallapalooza. Wampire has been taking the underground music scene by storm, going on tour with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen, and attracting a lot of attention from major music publications all over the world. Additionally, it has one of the greatest mustaches in the business in its ranks.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Curiosity (legally, of course) and have been listening to it practically nonstop ever since. The band’s first single, “The Hearse,” opens up proceedings with 20 seconds of something that you might expect from a band called Wampire—haunting organs swelling up as the song fades in. The song then explodes into a driving dance-arific tune, which uses a similar organ sound, but develops it into a lighter-sounding chord progression and adds a gritty guitar riff, a crunchy bassline and some breakneck drumming, for a thrill-ride of an opener. The album continues with the slower yet similarly catchy track “Orchards,” which gives the listener a chance to rest but still enjoy himself by singing along to the chorus (which he will inevitably do).
As with the first two tracks, the entire album is filled with old horror-movie-style organ fills and noises, playing up the name of the band and showing that it has a sense of humor.
“Spirit Forest,” the third track, is by far another top track on the album, combining a super-hummable synth hook with floating vocals to create a song that blends the distinct Wampire sound with a little funk. Other highlights from Curiosity include “I Can’t See Why,” “Trains,” and “Giants.” Curiosity has a wide variety of soundscapes, so fans of all styles of music can enjoy it. Its only flaw is that it is so short.
Wampire has certainly announced its arrival into the world of alternative music, and has masterfully crafted a wonderful album which, as one review states, “is sure to lead to the creation of future babies.” So, when it takes the stage at Mallapalooza, I’m hoping you are well prepared, because this band will get you bumpin’ and grindin’. 8/10.