Vagus on form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are a new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. The music on this live EP comes from the full-length concert film we published in March 2017, with a heavy sound wrung from the tapes by producer Gary Law.
In my opinion, this is the best sounding recording of Vagus out there to date. The show itself had a good atmosphere. The first act of the evening, Semu Cà, delivered a meticulously detailed set and was greatly enjoyed. Vagus’ set was focused and febrile. The small venue was full of friends. With this audio recording, the band’s bassist Gary has fashioned a slab of heavy rock out of their angular post-punk pop – a fascinating genre mutation. ― Chris Almond
Let’s recap some major moments in the recording history of Vagus. Gutsty was a prototype punkoid classic, and then the first commercial release Electro Looks a pop song with electronic rhythms made while technically still a duo. AK-47 was next, with Gary Law overseeing construction of a techno armature for prog-inspired darkness. Jersey Live 2015 with Par 4 stage, mixed by Sam Falle, was rock ‘n’ roll spectacle and an explosive live debut. A recording done at the Mechanics venue captures a ferocious version of Tokyo, often a set climax.
Soon the band will record and a classic album will be born. We will wait and listen for the droning, for that will be the beginning, and figure and ground will coalesce as eyes and ears find their perspective in a musical framework that expands the potential for European art-jazz approach to improvised sections within quintessentially British pop compositions.
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