Album Review: Vanishing Life – Surveillance

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Surveillance - Dine Alone Records

Vanishing Life are an alternative and punk supergroup that features …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead‘s Autry Fulbright and Jamie Miller, the latter of which is also the sticksman for Bad ReligionWalter Schreifels, formerly of Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits and Rival Schools, and Zach Blair, from Rise Against, which is a combination that should tantalise anyone who has a love of music from the noisier side of the street. Vanishing Life release their debut album, Surveillance, today, November 25th, via Dine Alone Records, if you were expecting some straight up punk rock, based on the former bands of the majority of the members, then you’ll be in for a surprise, as this is not the album you’d have been anticipating.

From the outset Surveillance is a pounding collection of stripped down fuzzed up garage punk, the second single from the album, The Realist, kicks things off with a grungy hook laden riff, that you’ll find stuck in your head for hours after you’ve listened to the album. Despite the rigid approach to the dark distorted style the songwriting carries enough variety to stop the album ever becoming repetitive. From the upbeat and relentless tracks Painter and Exile, the first single off the album, to the fucked up fuzz of Pretty Ruined and Seven Pointed Star  through to the dark and frantic nature of the title track and People Running, Surveillance is a pulverising forty minutes of fuzzy punk rock

The whole of Surveillance has a lo-fi appeal and resembles the lovechild of a chance meeting between the Mudhoney and Jane’s Addiction after a heavy night out. The album is punctuated by two brief unnecessary instrumentals, that for me don’t fit alongside the rest of the material, but this slight fault aside this is an unpredictable barrage of dark fuzz that defies any preconceptions that you may have had about Vanishing Life, and what more could you ask for from a debut album?

 Surveillance will be available for pre-order on all formats from Dine Alone Records here