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Vaux

Vaux: There Must Be Some Way To Stop ThemThere Must Be Some Way To Stop Them (2003)
Volcom Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: maverickScott
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So I reviewed this band's "On Life; Living" EP a few months ago [readable here], and I remember just being completely baffled by Vaux. Their metallic post-artcore sound was one that was lost on my ears, and I really wasn't sure what to say about the CD. Now, the band is unleashing this, their debu.
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So I reviewed this band's "On Life; Living" EP a few months ago [readable here], and I remember just being completely baffled by Vaux. Their metallic post-artcore sound was one that was lost on my ears, and I really wasn't sure what to say about the CD. Now, the band is unleashing this, their debut full length on Volcom Entertainment, and I can say with very easy assurance that it's the best thing Volcom has ever been associated with. Why all of the sudden have my ears opened up more to this band? Two words - Blood Brothers.

What do I mean, you ask? Well, shortly after I wrote off Vaux's EP as unlistenable, I received an advance copy of the new Blood Brothers album "Burn Piano Island Burn," and fell in love with their sasscore sound. Going from the complexity, depth, and all around craziness of the Blood Brothers to Vaux is like going from advanced astrophysics to pre-algebra.

That is not to say that Vaux's music isn't highly complex, either. It's just that my senses were opened up to this world through the most extreme measures neccessary, so absorbing this is a much easier feat now.

Wow, I haven't really talked about the disc at all, I should probably do that. Okay, here goes:

Vaux rocks me. Vaux rocks me hard. The band harnesses the brutal energy of old 80's punk bands like Black Flag and fuses it together with the melodicism of early-to-mid-nineties post-hardcore bands like Texas Is The Reason and Sunny Day Real Estate [pre-first breakup]. To add to it, the band utilizes not only three guitars but two keyboards, fleshing out the band's sound even more, allowing for the listener to discover hidden musical lines with each subsequent listen. From the opening salvo of the pulse-accelerating "Set It To Blow," to the Radiohead-meets-Deftones with the intensity of early Nirvana closer "Shot In The Back," this album smokes. The production is great, the liner notes and artwork look really, really good, and there are quite a few pop gems buried amid all the yelling and grinding of guitars [see "Fame" for an example]. The band isn't afraid to slow things down, either - "Four Cornered Lives" drops the heart rate down to a medium pace, but vocalist Quentin Smith barely gives you time to relax as he barrels out line after line with the intensity of a mass murderer's last words.

So, to sum up - this is really, really good agressive post-hardcore with enough melodicism and to warrant a space on my CD shelf for some time. This will be one of those bands that the metal scenesters will be talking about soon enough - beat them to the punch, will you?

MP3s
Set It To Blow
Four Cornered Lives

 

 
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Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

i love this cd. i think its great. lyrics are great, guitars rock and crunch with drive, and i love his screaming.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

I'm listening to this CD right now for the first time...It kicks some ass.

-psychobillywerecat

Anonymous (April 25, 2003)

I like it!

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

I didn't realize we were rating the record label... You f*cking morons. VAUX is amazing.

StratManX (April 21, 2003)

Bah. Rancid is good, I'll agree but buying all their albums isn't going to show you what "real music" is. I don't think I can trust someone who starts a wanna be hip-hop-punk band with Travis Barker and sells his song to a shampoo commercial. Rancid is awesome, but give it up. Oh yeah, Refused is far better than these guys.

Anonymous (April 21, 2003)

This is terrible

Melvyl (April 19, 2003)

people are stupid..

"ooh, this album is sooo original, it sounds like refused"

no matter how original you think refused might be, vaux is NOT original if they sounds like another band..

stupid stupid stupid. fuck you.

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

Vaux is not that great of a band but it is something good to listen to when you wanna hear something different. I think you should just burn this CD instead of buying it cause u may or may not like it.

-RaNcId PuNx

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

i like this cd, but it didnt meet the hype surroudning it. its still a solid album. they have a good sound and theres no bad songs on it, although only a couple that really stand out.
cawknocker

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

Fuckin A! The return of the almighty gongcore thread!

heh.

-MorphineSandwich

FortyMinutesWest (April 17, 2003)

Everyone knows that gongcore is where it's at.

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

i like albacore.

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

This actually reminds me a bunch of Refused....

give it a chance you pathetic bastids

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

Comment of the day award. See below.

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

i'm working on sort of a post-hardcore punk art-rock emo-core sound with a reggae beat and psychobilly-esque reverb on the guitars.

i call it: neopostskeemobillycore.

it'll be huge.

-MorphineSandwich

Strewtho (April 17, 2003)

Alright, I agree "skeemo" is a shocker and beats "screamo"...ugh.

Melvyl (April 17, 2003)

lowe down there was talk about screamo being the worst genrename ever...

that's not true, the first prize must go to the person who in a conversation about less than jakes "bounders and boundaries" said "skeemo".

Anonymous (April 17, 2003)

waste,

You always know whats going on. Its funny when people that listen to the casualties and afi try and talk about hardcore when they dont know anything about it. Blood Brothers are better and more original that 90% of bands today.

kickintheass,
-feedmynightmare

waste_elite (April 16, 2003)

yes, afi and the casualties RULE!!!!

hardcore, modern hardcore anyways, is stagnant as all hell. i give 10 points to the blood brothers for giving it a nice kick in the ass.

casualty (April 16, 2003)

sasscore indeed. how the fuck that crap get considered *amazing* and *a kick in the ass to a stagnant genre* is beyond me. for one, this is not hardcore, this is sasscore..and hardcore is not stagnant. sasscore as a genre can shrivel and die for all i care. it ain't punk, and go ahead and call me elitist, cuz ya know what..it just don't matter..this is shit any way ya look at it. i just saw the blood bros with afi and talk about weak. strutting and hair tossing everywhere in distressed jeans with a lil rump shakin on the side...gimmie a damn break people. oh well, at least it ain't emo...but if we end up with some emo-sasscore shit i think i'll have a coronary.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

"sasscore"???? vaux blows...and the blood brothers definitely suck throughout their entire album...and vaux is comparable to the blood brothers no-talent-ass-clown-core (which is another way to say "sasscore" i think)

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

Here's a tip:

Don't eat yellow snow, oh and stay off your pedestal couch potato.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

thanks for the "cool" tip. since you know what's up maybe you can give me a few other hints . . . you must be a god.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

wow is that the same person or what?

RETARD!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

RaNcId PuNx, I really hope that you know that you are very smart and that without people like you we would not know the meaning of good music. GOOD JOB!!!! much respect!!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

RaNcId PuNx IS A GENIUS!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

to the comment below

RELAX you fucking retard, it was a joke.. I'll never take volcom seriously a label but I don't doubt that they really put out (shitty) CDs.

Oh by the way "Virgin Megastore" is not cool by any means. Unless you are a mall kid. Support your local independent record store.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

"Real Label" or not-I just saw their CD front and center in the Virgin Megastore on the New Release rack. Where is your CD sold?

It's always easy to be a couch potato critic. When's the last time you got up in front of a crowd to sing... life it too short to waste your time berating someone else's creative endeavors. grow some balls!

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

RaNcId PuNx, I really hope that you are getting kick backs from the band you keep promoting as payment for sounding like a total fucking idiot on EVERY review

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

This band is just one of those screamy to singy and back again bands that use too many vocal effects. Musically it isn't bad.. if you're into this shit but, it's nothing I'd EVER buy.. or pay to see.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

Dont waste your money on these assholes~!!! If you want real
music than go buy a Rancid CD,
all the Rancid CDs are good so
you cant go wrong!!!!

-RaNcId PuNx

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

Volcom isn't a real label.. I just can't consider it a real label.. sorry

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

Weird... I saw Botch four times all the way from a basement to a club and they always had a light show.. the scary, pasty skinned, goth-dude with fishnet arm things ran them.

Also I'm not sure how anyone can think that Turbonegro are for elitists.. I just don't get how someone could confuse thier sound with arty elitist shit. Have you even herd them? It's pure rock about giving head to boys and denim and satan..?.. ?

Bands and music will always have genres.. get over it.

RightCliqificus (April 16, 2003)

this band doesn't interest me at all.. its non-melodic wannabecore bullshit.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

-Wow, someone likes dropping names. The 8 times I saw Botch, never did I see a light show. You sound like some bitter repressed kid that wants a Botch reunion. ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, move on son.

-Can you dissect a band more than you already have. Give them a little credit for trying to do something different in a rather stagnant hardcore scene.

blahblahblah,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

Vaux sucks ass, just like everything on Volcom, a bunch of morons trying to rip off good bands. Take the light show they stole from Botch, the volume they took from Angels Never Answer, mix in a desire to impress Cave In and the Blood Brothers with a singer who can't sing and you get Vaux.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

first off the last thing that vaux represents is denver. this band is a good representation of its members who are all trying too hard to be hip and elitist without fooling anyone. don't waste your time or money listening to this crap cause all the bands that vaux is trying to rip off are way better.

Anonymous (April 16, 2003)

I may have heard wrong, but isn't Turbonegro going to be doing something with Bottles and Skulls?

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Vaux is pretty cool.

I saw Underoath and Alexisonfire last night. A good time was had by all.

Fans of Vaux should check out Underoath and vice versa.

Haha, yea I agree. Rancid is just stupid. They rip the clash off hardcore.

imyourbreathofwater,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Hey Rancid, 1998 is calling.

FortyMinutesWest (April 15, 2003)

For a while Turbonegro were looking like the elitist band of choice. Now Rancid is the "tru punx" band of choice. Give me a break. I wonder how many of you bought that shampoo/body lotion/whatever because that shitty Transplants was song in the commercial. But this is about Vaux, this is actually a quite good CD.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

i heard of noise/noisecore years before i ever heard of screamo

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Rancid is a great band and they arent a clash rip off they just have a style similar to the clash(tims favorite band). So i agree with "RaNcId PuNx"
The Unseen are better than good they are fuckin awsome so if you want a good CD go with rancid or the unseen

-punko

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Music has always been broken down into these sub genres. You wana be punk rockers think you can talk shit about bands without even knowing that genres (and their respective names) have been around for years. Grow the fuck up.

"tame and then some. i had the misfortune of seeing them with the explosion and they were just terribly dull"

Umm, i dont know what youre talking about. I saw them with Boy Sets Fire and they put on a much better show than BSF. Nathan Gray has lost his touch. The Explosion..these a terribly overrated band. Add a horn and youve got the river city rebels

bah,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

i'm starting my own genre. its gonna be post-math-pre-art-semi-hard-emo-withatouchofska-core punk

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"But why waste your time spewing out ridiculous insults when pretty much every band you tear down is a hundred times better than you could be. At least they're trying to actually do something and make music."

Hey, you didn't even ask if any of us were in bands. I make music, but why does that qualify me to insult a band more than anyone else?
Everyone is entitled to voice their opinions...the world would be dull if we all liked the same shit.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

I have only heard two songs from this album and I have On Life: Living. This review is simply to see if you closeminded morons actually have intelligence. It's fine if you don't like this band...or any band for that matter. But why waste your time spewing out ridiculous insults when pretty much every band you tear down is a hundred times better than you could be. At least they're trying to actually do something and make music. Why don't you prove you have at least a little intelligence, and people wonder why the world is going to shit. Man I'm upset.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

"Why waste money on this? Go buy a Rancid CD!!! :D Then buy an unseen CD!!!!

RaNcId PuNx"

Are you a joke? Yeah, buy a Rancid CD! Don't listen to anything besides 100mph Clash rip offs! Yay! And the Unseen are actually a good band.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

I don't understand how you see them as lame. I don't understand what bands you think are NOT lame and exciting. Our band played with Vaux last October and to date is one of the top live shows I've ever seen. Maybe you just don't like that kind of music.

recordings (April 15, 2003)

tame and then some. i had the misfortune of seeing them with the explosion and they were just terribly dull. if you call shaking your ass back and forth and swinging your mop top locks around extreme, well.....you need to get out more.

waste_elite (April 15, 2003)

sasscore? what the fuck?

someone wanna explain to me how the blood brothers are so "extreme". compared to alot of other stuff out there, the band is positively tame.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Why waste money on this? Go buy a Rancid CD!!! :D Then buy an unseen CD!!!!

RaNcId PuNx

pope_schlomo (April 15, 2003)

you want some post art-core?? how bout van gogh cutting his ear off. thats pretty art-core.

Ramo

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Vaux is a complete sham. I saw them a couple months back with the Blood Brothers and you could tell that everything about them was put together to make them look rugged(the lead singer who looked like a janitor, and the guitarist who they forced to look like a member of Planes Mistaken For stars)They even had a guy who pretended to play guitar but really played the LIGHTS on the side of the stage. I think I smell a rat...
-tbones

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

I got some promo for this a few months ago....bleh.

-sickboi

inagreendase (April 15, 2003)

alt. press called a static lullaby's album "emo metal"...i thought that was pretty different

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

This sounds pretty good.
-Jay

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

At this poiunt, I'm going to start calling Tubonegro "asscore."

-El Vaquero

BaByStAbBeR (April 15, 2003)

Post-artcore? noisecore?
Here's another one for you, Sasscore? WTF is that?
Seriously, Sasscore?
Im just waiting for Post-SassNoisyArtSkaPunkCore to come out.

Thatll be awesome.

Strewtho (April 15, 2003)

What the hell is noisecore? these terms just get dumber, although nothing will top "screamo" for shitness.

Kurt_F (April 15, 2003)

I really liked the first ep...then I heard this, and now I am in love with these guys. This stuff must take some work.

sonicice (April 15, 2003)

To El Vaquero: Man, I must be behind on the times. I wasn't even aware there was an "artcore" genre, let alone post-artcore.

johnnydanger (April 15, 2003)

This is a really good record. Really good. Don't compare it to the Brothers. Anyway, I was talking about this and Since By Man's new record with some friends and I randomly said Noisecore and Chaos music in the conversation. I think that describes those discs.

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

It's official the genre factory is dead, Scott just said, "post-artcore." I thought it was a joke.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

Denver represent! vaux kicks ass

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