Cliches that should be in this review but I’m too lazy to write up: a) post-rock that’s not boring b) instrumental music that isn’t boring c) break downs and heavy bits that aren’t boring.
You get the idea. “Colours” isn’t boring, and given how saturated the internet has left modern music can you really ask for more? You absolutely should, and Vasa will certainly deliver. And in a much more timely fashion than most other post-rock bands.
I’m not a massive fan of the word “scene” when it comes to music. It’s not obvious what it really means in the context of underground music in 2015. Is your scene your city? The bands you sound like? Your country? The world? Your Facebook group? The people who actually come to your shows? The ones who buy records? The ones who click like?
Who knows? Who even cares. It’s simply a semantic argument about what support matters most. In fact, all that matters is support. Which is why the likes of “launch shows” are so important.
Vasa up the game when it comes to the instrumental music. They somehow manage to take the introspective dynamics that make post-rock so appealing on paper and inject with a sense of adventure and spontaneity that forces you to pay much less attention to your shoes.
“Clamps” is the first real look into the band’s upcoming and its a fantastically textured track full of intricate melodies, wailing delayed lead lines and tight rhythms. During the heavier moments that track sounds like an avalanche. But a good natured one.
I love music that’s really noisy. There are two reasons for this. First: I’m a pretty sensitive person so I like music where the emotion is right up front. ‘Cause I’m deep yo. Second: I’m simple, so loud and noisy stuff where the emotional is almost painfully obvious is much easier for me to digest. If I ever feel like pretending I’m sophisticated and into more considered and introspective emoting then I tend to listen to artists like Nathaniel Noton-Freeman.
Typically if I receive any press release with the word post-rock in the title I tend to ignore it. I realise it’s been a cool thing to be into for a few years, but I’ve never been cool and that doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon, so I can’t say post-rock has ever done a thing for me. Except bore me to tears that is.