Vibrant Heels – Turbo Thunder Pussy (2019)

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Hailing from Quebec, Canada, Vibrant Heels are a four piece band, blending elements of rock, alternative and metal to create a “crazy kaleidoscope” of a sound.  Set for release on September 6th, Turbo Thunder Pussy is the bands second release since 2017, following up the debut album, Driven.

Opening with In the Fray, the band deliver a funky track that instantly calls the Chuck Mosley era of Faith No More to mind.  It’s a bold number, full of groove and energy – a fitting way to kick off the EP.

Continuing on through the seven minute track, Cycles, it’s as if we’re hearing a completely different band.  This track ditches the funky elements in favour of something a little more prog infused – and the vocals are heavily inspired by Chino of Deftones.  This style suits Vibrant Heels, but personally, I enjoyed the alternative metal funk of the first track a lot more.

For Lollipops, they again sound like a different band.  This time Primus comes to mind.  It’s quirky and heavy on bass, bringing back a touch of the funk and groove from In the Fray.  Ruby/Engine backs up my theory that, while Vibrant Heels can successfully pull off the prog rock sound, the funky alternative metal style is the one that fits them the best.

Closing track, Orbital Bombardment on the other hand, seems to find a happy medium between all of the elements that came before.  It’s proggy and moody, but brings in just enough of that funk and metal to really tie Vibrant Heels sonic landscape together.  THIS is the highlight of the EP, simply because the band are able to take the three styles that inform their material, and roll it in to one cohesive ball.

Turbo Thunder Pussy is a good EP, but If the first three tracks hadn’t played more like a compilation album, it could have been great.

6.5/10

Review by Shayne McGowan.

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