Vexx: Give and Take 7"

Katorga Works Records


Vexx's debut 12" on Grazer/M'Ladys was one of our favorite releases of 2013, so we're endlessly excited to present their newest 7", Give And Take. Hailing from Olympia, Vexx is heavily indebted to late 70s American punk with a sound akin to bands like Legal Weapon or the Avengers, but with even more of a rock 'n' roll edge than those bands and a vocalist just as soulful and powerful.

Our take: After a much talked-about debut 12" on M'Lady's, here's the follow-up EP from Olympia's Vexx. In general Vexx have kind of a classic, guitar-heavy punk sound; the label's description mentions Legal Weapon and the Avengers, and they could have dropped an X comparison just as easily. That goes a long way toward describing at least three of the four songs on this EP, but my favorite by far is the first song, which has a slightly different feel than the other three songs. Something about it sounds very British to me... it doesn't sound like any particular band, really, but it has the slightly loose, super optimistic vibe that I associate with the first handful of Rough Trade Records releases. Not only do Vexx have that wide-eyed sensibility about them, they also have the omnivorous approach to songwriting that was characteristic of the original post-punk generation. I've said it before, but with so many bands basing their entire sound and aesthetic off of one band or even just one record, it's refreshing to hear a band write a bunch of different types of songs, and this 4-song EP displays more ambition and flexibility than most current bands' entire discographies. Highly recommended!
Tags: 10s female-fronted melodic punk recommended