Los Angeles trio VUM sit somewhere at the intersection of goth, fuzzpop, noir, and psychedelia. August Brown at the LA Times calls their sound “minimal and elusive.” Dublab says, “This is music made free by the desert floor cracking … . The darker they get, the more the stars shine.”
Here’s “Hall of Mirrors” from their latest album, Psychotropic Jukebox, as well as another song I can’t stop listening to — “Laura Palmer,” from last fall.
VUM - Hall of Mirrors
VUM - Laura Palmer
The Cramps 1981
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—I Will Return
The fact that that VUM is being championed heavily by Henry Rollins at the moment makes me all the more bummed I wasn’t able to catch them at their residency The Echo last year. However, Rollins’ recommendation inspired me to snag a copy of the band’s most recent release, their second LP, Psychotropic Jukebox, when I was over at Origami Vinyl the other week.
Robust with dark, moody, minimalist arrangements while vocalist, Jessica Pearl’s, beautiful, cool voice rolls over their soundscape like tule fog across the Central Valley; I immediately fell in love with the record. The band’s style reminds me, at times, of another favorite of mine, Suicide, with their raw and stripped down, yet textural music. However, there’s other elements of influences moving around in VUM’s sound and I can’t help but think of some of Los Angeles’s long running death rock scene and re-emerging psychedelic rock community a bit when I’m listening to Psychotropic Jukebox as well. The music’s sparseness make the details and subtleties of VUM’s sound stand out and I find myself honing in on a new aspect of their music every time I sit down and listen to them.
If you’re into more minimal, sort of psychedelic sounding dark wave music, VUM is definitely a band to give a listen to.
Our Spot Shows series @ Tankstell will start march 12th with VUM in St. Gallen, Switzerland