Violent Soho: Covered in Flair


The Brisbane based band has managed to miraculously uplift the indie music scene of Australia. The past evidently presents that whenever the ugly feeling of the genre turning pale comes up, a revolutionary act comes through and changes the game for years to come. The 21st Century has had some surprising acts coming up, and Violent Soho is one of them.

The band has had a taste of success with its gold record, ‘Hungry Ghost‘, in 2013 and henceforth, has broken the shackles of being and staying an underground band. With great recognition and quite a few tours behind them, the band released their fourth album earlier in 2016, ‘Waco‘. And the quartet has yet again transcended all expectations and has continued its tremendous run with this surprisingly mature sounding record. The genius songwriting and the charismatic vocals of Luke Boerdam are overwhelmingly impressive, along with the melodic guitar riffs and an intelligent blend of interlude spaces in the songs. The band has immensely grown from its previous projects in terms of maturity in writing its music.

wacoThe opening track, ‘How to Taste’, is a constructed bridge between ‘Hungry Ghost’ and ‘Waco’, making it a transition for the listener to slowly fade in to the newly explored sound of the band. No hesitation seems to have troubled the band in experimenting with a variety of new creative prospects, guitar effect pedals and to have a confident musically sound vibe to their songs. The song, ‘Viceroy‘, has a funky bass line followed by an explosive chorus and was the second single to be released off the album following their most phenomenal track, ‘Like Soda‘, revealing their capability of writing a mainstream rock hit. ‘Like Soda’ has a catchy pre-chorus along with some filthy yet melodic lead guitar parts. Good music is always about its graph, the more the variations in the oscillations the better. The song, ‘Evergreen‘, is one which has explored various quadrants on the graph and truly shows how the band has grown and retained its undying love for its roots, punk rock music.

Their experimentation with the numerous effect pedals on this song helped them achieve a rather dirty mean sound for the short guitar solo, and the fading out break gives the song great depth to eventually burst out into an explosive outro. Justifying its success and the overwhelming appreciation, the album ends with a rather dark mellow sounding song, Low, similar to the ending of their previous record, Hungry Ghost, showing an undiscovered side of the usually cacophonous Violent Soho.

Concluding, ‘Waco’ is an exceptional work of art by the four-piece and proves that hardcore melodic guitar riffs and trashy drum fills are still persistent in the equation of the music scene of the 21st Century. With the towering appreciations the band has received over the past few years, it won’t take long to put the Australian indie music scene on the global map.

About the Author:

Manhar Manchanda (Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

Manhar Manchanda
(Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

17 Years Old. Currently pursuing BA Honours in the Economics Department, PU. A Movie buff, a Beatles/Nirvana fan, love to play the guitar and write songs.


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