Friday, 16 August 2013

Velvet Two Stripes - Fire EP

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If you like your rock music to be a little alternative, have a dirty blues edge to it and come with plenty of fuzz and grit then you need to become acquainted with Switzerland's Velvet Two Stripes, that is assuming you're not already. If you are then you'll know all about this trio of girls that sound like the product of Josh Homme experimenting with Kim Deal in the middle of the desert. There's a bite to the vocals that provides the raw (or should that be roar?) power needed to make such a genre a success. The walls of buzzing guitar and riffs the size Mount Blanc don't do any harm either.

The first couple of songs nail this style with near perfection; 'Cloud Seven' and 'Hellhound' are exquisite displays of how the dynamics of power trios have worked since Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer and so on. 'Dead Man' takes you on a journey of sharp beats and ever-present grinding guitar, extending the track length to add another dimension to the band's sound and throwing in a mean solo for maximum impact. 'Fire' completes the EP and sounds like it's wandering the streets, on the prowl for its prey, and you wouldn't want to bump into it down a dark alley. These fine ladies are producing music like this as well as anyone else right now.

Velvet Two Stripes' website

Stream the EP in full

Catch them live:

Aug 16 Openair Frischluftkultur, Muri, Switzerland  
Aug 22 Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Winterthur, Switzerland  
Aug 25 Damn Dead Circus, Essex, United Kingdom  
Oct 05 Waves Festival, Vienna, Austria  
Oct 06 Klub Drushba, Halle, Germany
Oct 07 Keller Klub, Stuttgart, Germany
Oct 08 Schon Schon , Mainz, Germany  
Oct 09 Astra Stube, Hamburg, Germany
Oct 10 TBC, Berlin, Germany

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