Monday 20th February 2017
1. La Di Da
2. And He Lost His Mind
4. Target Practice
6. Bouncy Castle
8. I’m Wired
10. Boy George
11. He Wants Me Not
12. Colour Me In
I was introduced to Vukovi back in May last year following the release of their single ‘Animal’ and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of their debut album ever since. From the moment I saw the video for the single I was completely captured by the sheer energy this band radiates. You’re immediately pulled right in and taken on a journey that’s a whilwhind of chaos and then left standing wide eyed and wanting more.
But don’t just take my word for it. Go check out the video below for lead single ‘La Di Da’ that’s most recently been released. Oh, and keep an eye out for Honey, a 6ft Boa Contrictor who also makes a slithering appearance. This should give you an idea of just how quirky Vukovi are, with their bold lyrics and dizzying perspectives that hypnotise your subconscious, Vukovi are simply mesmerising.
Partly inspired by the Joker and Harley Quinn relationship Janine was obsessed with as a comic book loving teen, “The song portrays an abusive relationship unbeknown to the victim. There are a lot of emotions throughout the song. There’s vulnerability, and there’s resistance. It took time to come together, and it had to live on the back burner for a while. But one night I gave in to the niggling that kept demanding I go back to it. I remember the moment it came together; me and Hamish (Reilly, guitars) in my flat drinking pretentious cocktails, laptop, tiny amp, guitar…”
Vukovi have been likened to Florence Welch, Nothing But Thieves, and Enter Shikari, which I can agree with but for me I’m very much reminded of fellow Scottish rockers Garbage. With slightly dark and experimental elements, mixed in with bold and lucid lyrics, anthemic hooks, trippy camera work and an electric performance, to me it just screams Shirley Manson.
Those who are aquainted with the band should already have a good idea of how this album will sound, as tracks ‘Bouncy Castle’ and ‘Boy George’ were actually released back in 2015, along with ‘Animal’ and ‘La Di Da’ in 2016, so I can imagine there are many fans chomping at the bit wanting to get their mits on this release. But for those who are looking for some reassurance, what can I say? It’s an absolute stormer and you will not be dissapointed.
As I work my way through the album it’s clear there are influences from personal experiences. With tracks such as ‘Weirdo’ telling a relateable story of not wanting to be part of the in-crowd and refusing to be anything but yourself, this is a song many will connect with. The dark and haunting track ‘Prey’ was written by Janine about a previous relationship, explaining that “it’s about a time in my life where I thought I’d met my knight in shining armor – but he fucked me up even more.”
Personal favourites include ‘And He Lost His Mind’ because it has that tantalising and excentric sound that draws me to Vukovi, along with ‘Target Practice’ with its thrilling intro and serious hooks pulsating through each chorus. This album is serious and means business. You won’t find no debut album playing it safe here, this is straight up dedicated and assertive, and you need to listen up!
Due for release on the 10th March, pre-orders are now available here.
10th March – Glasgow, King Tut’s
11th March – Leeds, Key Club
13th March – Manchester, Sound Control
14th March – Bristol, The Louisiana
16th March – London, Boston Music Room
18th March – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
19th March – Aberdeen, Tunnels