July 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Plague Vendor – Free To Eat

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Plague Vendor

Free To Eat

Epitaph Records

Street: 04.15

Plague Vendor = early Iggy Pop + Dead Kennedys – Jello Biafra

You can’t always judge a book by its cover, and you can’t always tell what a band is going to sound like by its moniker. Case in point: Plague Vendor oughta be some kind of death metal or speed punk band. The Whittier, CA (home of Richard Nixon!) band shows that righteous anger has many different modes of expression—that’s something Salt Lake kids have always known a thing or two about as well. Singer Brandon Blaine knows that the best anger is mixed with humor, sometimes so much so that the two are indistinguishable. This band is aware of musical history, like the garage rock rhythms on the opener, ‘Black Sap Scriptures,’ that could be like the bastard stepchild of a Nuggets compilation. Also, on tracks like ‘Seek the Ruby Scarab,’ striving to create their own rock’n’roll mythos. Prepare to be anointed.
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