The Vultures: S/T 7"

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Official reissue of another of the scarcest Dutch punk records that was listed in the top 25 European punk rarities in Record Collector. THE VULTURES hailed from Epe, in the middle of the Dutch Bible-Belt. They recorded this 4 Track EP in 1981 that overtime has became impossible to find. Which is a shame as it is simply a masterpiece of Dutch Punk. Loud, proud and snotty, the sound is based around a trademark chainsaw guitar tone, plodding bass, passionate vocals and overall a clear UK influence. Without doubt if this band was english they would have been on Riot City, Rot or Secret Records or seen supporting the MAU MAUS, THE EXPLOITED or both DISORDER's (Bristol and North East). Reissued replicating the artwork as originally printed but adding a few unseen full colour pictures on the reverse sleeve.

Our take: Reissue of this 4-song early Dutch punk rarity. I'm not really sure if it's the mastering or what, but something about both this Vultures record and the Squats record that LVEUM reissued at the same time sounds incredibly modern... for instance, the first track here starts off sounding like some fairly typical UK82-inspired punk, but then changes tempo violently into a mid-paced part that could not inaccurately be called a mosh part. Those kinds of wild tempo changes aren't really something I associate with this era of punk, particularly for a band who are, by all appearances, totally provincial. This EP is chock full of interesting little bits like that, such as the Blitz-esque bassline in "Looking for a Job." I suppose this is just one of those reminders of how rich and productive the early punk scene was as a framework, and how each piece of the puzzle like this only serves to complicate our assumptions about what punk was.
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