Rock music, indie music, guitar music; its all dead. I mean, its not really is it? However we’re constantly told it is by big publications. Pop, grime, and rap are all leading the charts and with bands, blogs, and with fanbases constantly told that their genre is dead or dying it can be a bit disheartening. Bands are frequently having to reinvent themselves in order to remain somewhat relevant. Bands like Wolf Alice and Black Honey are prime examples of where reinvention is its absolute best, cracking out absolute bangers and creating their own subgenres of music. Reinvention isn’t always the way though. This is beautifully proven by Vinyl Staircase in their latest track ‘Feel It’.
Vinyl Staircase are the quartet taking the south by storm with their delicious blend of psychedelic indie rock. Their influences come from 90s indie rock specifically acts like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, and various shoegaze and britpop artists. The four piece released their first track officially back in 2017, since then they released their debut EP ‘Vinyl Staircase’ which featured four incredible tracks of psychedelic delight.
Today marks the release of their latest single ‘Feel It’ which showcases a possible new direction for the band. Their psych-overtones put ever so slightly to the side for a second, the band have taken an approach that can only be described as if The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix had a baby that came out the womb wearing a bucket hat. Actually it can’t “only” be described as that, but it’s a hilarious thought. ‘Feel It’ draws you in at the start with quiet feedback and then restrained guitar riffs with a cold fuzzy tone before breaking fully in with the full band baring all it’s beautiful 60s/70s rock goodness for our ears to melt to.
The cold fuzz turns to warm distortion and lead singer Mike Thorpe’s wavy yet cutting vocals burst in. The delightful lead lines back the powerful fun loving vocals. The sultry bass riff matches with the sexy distortion on the rhythm and lead guitars to create a truly beautiful rock track that doesn’t need to reinvent guitar music. It brings an old style forward and it’s something the scene desperately needs, begs, and screams for. Vinyl Staircase are consistently giving us what we want and doing it in absolutely their own way.