At times I felt as if The Velvet Addiction’s first EP may have put a bit too much of a focus on fitting the mould of ‘rock music,’ with guitar solos and riffs that at times felt as if they were thrown in because that was the expectation of what rock songs should sound like.
Volume Two is completely the opposite. Instead, it seems as if the band is starting to really find their own sound, putting more of a focus on the songs melody and as such writing what will be the most complimentary to the EP’s overall sound.
With tracks such as the stripped back ‘Black Heart’s’ or the funky bass-line found on ‘Not Like The Others’ fans are shown just how talented the Melbourne based four-piece is. It’s not always about the technicality of what’s being played, but more so, what works with the song. I feel this is an attitude that definitely shines through on Volume 2.
Seemingly adopting the ‘less is more’ approach Volume 2 perfectly reflects just how fresh and exciting rock music can be. This is especially seen on the EP’s closer and standout track ‘Lost In The View’ which features a sleazy/droney riff that is perfectly complimented by lead Vocalist’s Stefan West’ crooning voice.
You can catch them at The Workers Club, Geelong on Friday August 24.
Reviewed by Alex Callan