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VCR: Power DestinyPower Destiny (2006)
Side One Dummy Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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SideOneDummy has been making a point of signing some unorthodox bands as of late. The release of VCR's debut full-length is only going to strengthen the label's reputation as a place to go for a variety of punk and punk-inspired music that might be off the everyday radar. VCR, a synth-punk five-p.
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SideOneDummy has been making a point of signing some unorthodox bands as of late. The release of VCR's debut full-length is only going to strengthen the label's reputation as a place to go for a variety of punk and punk-inspired music that might be off the everyday radar.

VCR, a synth-punk five-piece from Richmond, Virginia, certainly stand out in their local scene, as they would in most scenes anywhere. The band consists of three keyboardists, a bassist, and a drummer. There are no guitars anywhere in sight, which isn't so much a gimmick as it is a logical conclusion that there simply isn't really any room for them. VCR's songs are dense electronic-driven pop-punk songs falling somewhere in between the respective realms of the Epoxies and HORSE the Band.

The Epoxies references are bound to come up as the band begins to tour heavily in support of the album. There aren't a lot of synth bands in the punk scene, and the Epoxies are the best known of the bunch. VCR are more aggressive than the Epoxies tend to be, which is great at first, but almost becomes too much by the end of the album. HORSE the Band references come from the band's professed love for soundtracks to old Nintendo Entertainment System games -- something HORSE built a reputation on a few years ago. However, VCR is careful not to fly that flag too high, at least until the music starts.

I'd love to check VCR out in a live setting. SideOneDummy claims to sign bands they love to watch live. In the touring-dependent reality of independent music, it's a smart move to make. When I saw the Epoxies last year I was quick to pick an album up after being greatly entertained by their live set. When it came time to listen to the CD though, I couldn't get into it. I feel the same goes for VCR. Their album is slightly overbearing after a few listens. That could be because I'm not a huge fan of synth-driven music, but I think it's more that it can be a little too much to take handle. Other bands on the label, such as Gogol Bordello, are amazing live -- but also on wax.

Had this review been written for a synth-pop/punk site it might have given VCR five stars. But this is a punk site, and as broad a scope as punk can be these days, VCR lacks the spirit they would no doubt have performing live than via a recorded format.

 

 
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Phreak66 (November 3, 2006)

For those of you who like this type of music, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the following.

The New Cities.
Hailing from Quebec, QC Canada
www.myspace.com/thenewcities

By the way this VCR is really goood! Great Stuff!
Cheers.
Sonny

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

VCR is not for faint hearted old balls. They simply smash too much ass.

sickboi (May 25, 2006)

I really have to admit, this band is 10000000x better live.

Anonymous (May 25, 2006)

just one more reason why rva is better than where you you.

this band RULES live.

Anonymous (May 24, 2006)

dude, you harped on the live performance thing too much in your review. just pointing that out.

anyone in michigan? they're playing a TINY bar in Detroit on 6/13 called the 2500 Club. These guys/gal could probably put on quite a show, I'm guessing.

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

this album generates stimulation within my legs, arms, and neck. i feel like "weekend at bernies" on this thing.

i-type-poorly (May 23, 2006)

Listening to the stream.. I like it. The video on their website is great too. Randomness for the win. It did make me want to listen to HORSE though.

Inspection12e (May 23, 2006)

The used section at my local indie record store will be full of this CD in no time.

ben_conoley (May 23, 2006)

That's what I meant

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

What do you mean by "Gogol Bordello, are amazing live -- but also on wax"?

Gogol Bordello are amazing live and on their albums.

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

Wait, is this SYNTHcore? I

Anonymous (May 23, 2006)

This band is so much fun live. Great people, too.

I don't think the recordings do them justice.

MikeStupid (May 23, 2006)

I just can't get into this. It's good for what it is, I guess, but this kind of music just does nothing for me.

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