Ayrshire band Vukovi has a lot to live up to; last year’s It Looked So Good on Me… was a terrific release and one of my EP’s of the year, so I was excited to hear what they had produced with part 2, …But I Won’t Wear You Again. The result is an excellent follow-up full of alt rock guitars and countless hooks.
Opener Target Practice, probably the EP’s highlight, starts with crunching heavy guitar backed by crashing drums. A quiet verse leads into a wonderfully catchy chorus which shows off Janine Shilstone’s excellent, charismatic vocal – a real asset for this band.
Up next is Gutless, a more high-octane affair with a thunderous verse including even a wee bit of synth. For a change, the chorus is not the focus as the soft vocals of the bridge lead into an explosive closing riff.
Snakes & Ladders is another example of a great Vukovi riff – tremendously catchy but with just enough bite for it to sound huge. The vocal refrain of “Just wait” perfectly sums up the mood as it leaves you eagerly anticipating the songs impending crescendo, and is another of Shilstones stand out moments.
Closer A Girl Called Jade shows how guitarist Hamish Reilly can take a backseat and still be just as effective as when his fret work takes centre stage. The song comes to what seems like a slow end only for it to kick back in for a final minute of rocking out in true Vukovi style, with swirling guitar work backed by a pounding rhythm section.
The band’s infectious energy from their live show is captured on this EP, showing just why they are so hotly tipped for 2012, and I wait with bated breath for their next release.
Review by Scott Logan