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Brave Vultures – I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here

Release Date: September 16th 2016
Spinnup Records
Bandcamp: https://bravevultures.bandcamp.com/

Brave Vultures are an emerging four-piece Emo influenced Punk Rock band from Essex. The band name is derived from the infamous and somewhat controversial photo by Kevin James entitled ‘Struggling Girl’, which depicts a vulture sizing up a starving young girl in Sudan. ‘I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here’ is the quartet’s debut EP and a guitar driven statement of intent; tt’s the first step in a career which the band hope will save them from the mundanity of real jobs.

In a press release, vocalist/ guitarist Dom Littler stated “My lyrics are about my struggles with anxiety, love and relationships, a best friend recovering from a drug addiction and coming out of rehabilitation a better person.” with each song pulling you into the trials that Littler has gone through in creating this ep with his bandmates.

Opening track ‘This Is Where I Wanna Be’ is a nod to the late 90s and early 2000s skate punk, big punchy riffs and catchy vocal melodies throughout the whole song. It’s a fun and energetic start to the EP that makes you want to sing along and dance around. Follow-up track ‘Safe Ground’ showcases more of that serious emotional side, it’s a lot more ballad-like with a sombre tone. More like an anthemic slow burner with uplifting tendencies, yet it represents those struggles previously mentioned. Littler’s soothing cleans really carries the weight of the song.

‘If You Run’ continues that serious mode lyrically and atmospherically, pushing an alternative rock vibe. Musically the guitars and beats are punchy enough to rock out to the song a little without it being a massive step away from the positive opener. The chorus is catchy enough that the melodies stick in your head and you hum along. Single release track, ‘With Me’, is unsurprisingly popular around fans of Brave Vultures and it’s easy to see why. It’s dosed with a massive positive attitude, primed for radio play with more captivating hooks, yet the epic slow burner vibe lingers within the mix. It’s massively middle ground in the dynamics that this ep unleashes but it works in the band’s favor.

Final track ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ brings the EP full circle and is as punchy, high-energy and upbeat as the opener. The punk fan in me prefers the first and last tracks for their skate punk/pop punk nature, catchy vibes and all out fun atmosphere. But the rest of the tracks help showcase all of what Brave Vultures are about, there are some demons that needed to be unleashed and it’s not all fun and games, even if the influences are there. The Essex band can pull off joyful tones and emotional ones nicely, though I do hope for more of the punk-influenced material of future releases.

For fans of: Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, Dashboard Confessional

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