With this new album Thee Vicars are on something of a run, writing a brace of great new songs and showing no signs of mellowing out, or diversifying into anything too radical for their fans.
Put on your high heel Cubans, get out the zoot suit, get yourself something for the weekend and a shaggy mop top and slam this record on your deaf decks and shake your booty like there's no tomorrow.
Of all the bands recreating that primal 60s beat group sound, Bury St. Edmunds trio Thee Vicars must be included in the top tier.
Once upon a time someone decided that a label should be placed on albums that have explicit content. If the day ever comes when someone decides to put a warning on albums that are ultra-catchy, I Wanna Be Your Vicar will definitely get one of them.
Vicars of the third album is just ... excellent. These English boys have made good progress since their previous album. Psychotic Beat (2009) is undoubtedly a good album, but a bit too monochrome. With I Wanna Be Your Vicar, the trio of Bury St Edmunds is faultless. Removed in half an hour, the album has little downtime or unnecessary piece.
Beatle Boots. Britain. Big hits of acid. Thee Vicars bring back a better time, a world without auto-tune, dub step, or mash ups.
The Vicars have evolved since their first 45 in 2008 with their then overall philosophy of Budget Rock. Their style has also changed due to the original line up of singer and bassist Mike Whittaker being completely changed; the group now plays as a trio.
Thee Vicars are back! And they have brought with them plenty of loud distortion and gritty garage fuzz.
It has to be said that whenever there is a new release on Dirty Water Records there is always a twinge of anticipation and excitement, rarely has there been deep disappointment in the quality of the music from their bands. The same applies to the new album from Thee Vicars, a release that thrills and excites whilst lifting emotions no matter their starting point to a height of grinning satisfaction.
I Wanna Be Your Vicar
May 7th 2012
DWC1061, Dirty Water Records
Garage Punk/Beat, LP, CD, Download
Fall down to your knees because Thee Vicars are about to deliver another chunk of garage punk gospel! Heralded as the “heirs to The Horrors” only with a better cut of suit, this Bury St Edmunds band won’t think twice about dragging your favourite indie chart toppers down an alley and kicking them “kung fu style” into orbit before setting their hair straighteners alight. Their words, not ours.
Now cut down to a three piece of Mike Whittaker, Chris Langeland and Alex De Renzi, they’ve never sounded better. This, their third album, still retains much of the mod-influenced garage-punk sound of their previous work but gives it a good dunk in the Mississippi until echoes of Memphis legends The Oblivians can be heard.
Upholding the garage-rock tradition of full throttle non stop gigging, Thee Vicars are constantly touring Europe and the UK, as well as having made a pair of jaunts to the USA. They’ve opened for the likes of The Horrors, Black Lips and everyone’s favourite bandage clad punks The Mummies, and it shouldn’t be long before these clergymen are taking centre stage themselves. The Guardian says “They might dress smartly, all suited and booted, but Thee Vicars create an unholy, unruly row. They are much like the Cribs’ new favourite proponents of back-to- basics rifferama, the Strange Boys… Together they create a decent fuzzy racket, full of energy and heavy on the treble, with a low-end throb that does the job.”
Meanwhile, writing about their second album Clash Magazine said, “Ironically, in displaying barely a drop of originality, Thee Vicars actually sound fabulously fresh when set against the current crop of synth-pop bunnies.” Indeed, when the next big thing consistently looks and sounds like it was just spawned from Topman HQ, Thee Vicars couldn’t have picked a better time to unleash their rock‘n’roll attack. They may not be holy, but they sure as hell give a reason to be thankful!
- I Wanna Be Your Vicar
- I’ll Be Gone
- I Feel Alright
- Your Eyes
- Rooftop Blues
- Crocodile Chomp
- Hauser & O’Brian
- I’ll Do You Wrong
- Satisfy You
- Should Have Stayed At Home
- Every Day