Since this is my first proper post on a music blog, I guess it's a little fitting that I start with a band who were brought to my attention by another music blog (Another Form of Relief), and that it's probably the most talked about "unknown" (ish) band on music blogs for the past six months or so. That band is Voxtrot.
Fronted by Ramesh Srivastava, Voxtrot are a five piece from Austin, Texas, with a sound not unreminiscent of bands such as The Strokes and The Smiths, in some kind of bastard love–child hybrid that brings out such a wonderful flowing, emotive sound that you can't bear but love it and listen swaying from side to side whilst your head is bopping. Their first official EP, Raised By Wolves, is a tour-de-force of beautiful music, from the fast-paced, Strokes-esque title track through the quite wonderful The Start of Something right through to Wrecking Force, which doesn't disappoint from the title.
At the start of April, Voxtrot released their second EP (again through their own record label, Cult Hero), Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives, with more of the same kind of thing but with a more refined sound that allows for them to be enjoyable to everyone. The title track is once again a wonderful beginning, with beautiful lyrics once again dominating your album. Whereas the first EP had the monster The Start of Something, with Ramesh singing "Come by and see my I'm a love letter away / I'd break your name before I'd say 'I really love you loved you' / Now I don't care if you saw / I watched every inch of film flash across your roman features / And I loved it, loved it." with emotive bliss that lends for further listening, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives sees the versatility of Ramesh work in clever lines into most of the tracks, up to the epic finale of Soft and Warm: "Everyone loves a man, who lets the hardest people build him up and cut him down to a lovable size".
Any tag as "The next big thing" or "Destined for greatness" doesn't really do justice to Voxtrot at the moment. They're already huge in certain circles and with an accessible sound that allows many to enjoy, it's almost certain that they will go from strength to strength.
US–only folks, sorry, a number are free or All–Ages though.
- 30th June – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park
- 4th July – Brooklyn, NY – OfficeOps Rooftop
- 27th July – Cincinnati, OH – Alchemize
- 28th July – Chicago, IL – Metro [Pitchfork pre–party]
All samples courtesy of Voxtrot.net
A number of Voxtrot's live recordings and covers are available here
Voxtrot's first UK single, "Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives", is out on June 12th.