This album isn’t just 12 individual tracks. This is the tip of an iceberg. A landmark in what has been a volatile four years for one of the most honest and hard-working bands I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and viewing for a number of years now. What you possibly don’t see behind the scenes is the quite literal blood, sweat and tears of a band who’ve had to overcome some of the worst luck, breaks and obstacles any band has had to endure.
However, that journey has galvanised this group of Scottish rockers. Using the frustrations and challenges that befell them and producing something in the most positive form – an outstanding collection of songs that are quite rightly receiving critical acclaim from peers and critics up and down the UK and beyond.
Vukovi marketed this album with a flurry of single releases over the past year, punctuated with support slots for big brand bands such as Nothing But Thieves and Highly Suspect, as well as a slot at Download Festival where they cheered up and blew away a packed-out tent on a very damp Sunday morning. Each single release had indicated some promise that the end product was going to be a blinder. That promise has been delivered, and then some.
The depth of sound on offer here is truly astounding and testament to the talents of not only the band, but also of producer Bruce Rintoul. From the gut-wrenching crunch and of Hamish’s guitar to the reverberated and explicit nature of Janine’s vocal has been crafted with perfection in the studio, culminating in tracks like ‘La Di Da’, ‘Boy George’ and ‘Animal’ which have leanings toward the heavier, rock side of their game.
Bringing balance with the likes of ‘Weirdo’, harking to a soundscape akin to 80’s classic pop. ‘Bouncy Castle’ has prevalent bass and drums as its driving force, pushing the song along on a funked out trip. ‘Wander’ and ‘Colour Me In’ fill the space dedicated to Vukovi’s emotional side, proving this album is a beast of many skins and helping showcase the multitude of talents at this bands disposal.
As well as a slew of new tracks we’re offered e a couple of re-imagined classics. ‘Target Practice’ and ‘He Wants Me Not’ getting a makeover to bring them up to date, fitting on an album that’s been on permanent repeat for the past 24 hours.
It’s said that the best things in life come to those who wait and never has it been truer than with this album. Patience and perseverance has paid off in spades for Vukovi and if you weren’t a fan before, you will be soon enough.
Vukovi is due for release on Friday 10th March 2017 via LAB Records and is available for pre-order now. Vukovi also kick off their UK headline tour at Glasgow’s King Tuts on the same date.