Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Vendettas’ Third Album Due

Melbourne hard rockers The Vendettas return with a vengeance in the form of new single ‘Guardians‘ available on all digital platforms, to be followed by their new album The Vendettas III on 7th May both as digital download and limited edition 180g vinyl.

Together over 10 years now, the Aussie rockers have been mastering their craft to every beer-soaked wall and sticky floor Melbourne has to offer.

Moving from strength to strength, they secured their first international supporting Danko Jones while continuing to build their presence in the local scene.

In recent times, the boys spent almost a year writing vigorously and tightening the “pre-prod” screws, before hitting the studio hard to record their third album. These studio sessions were all captured live and raw, with one main objective in mind… To produce a piece of audio that represented what the band sounds like in the flesh, with all dials cranked to 11.

In 2020 the band dropped two massive singles ‘Face to Face’ and the Double A Sided single ‘Rats on the Wheel’/‘Dang Bird’.

Now they follow through with ‘Guardians‘, a song that draws you in with its crunchy guitar and thumping drum beat intro, before the bass and vocals come in full swing.

You can pre-order/pre-save ‘Guardians’ here. 

Forthcoming album The Vendettas III make a strong case for the band being on of Australia’s premier rock bands. Each song is carefully categorised in perfect sequence to engage the listener with an old-school “just press play and take in the whole album” experiene.

Opening track ’Face to Face’ draws you in with its hypnotic guitar riff intro, and thumping tom beat, clearly demonstrating that a huge, spacious drum sound was a priority for this recording and was well and truly achieved. Boisterous numbers like ’Slinging Mud’ and ’Rats On The Wheel’ pay homage to the band’s earlier hard/punk rock roots, while the softer, more blues inspired pieces, like ’Sold You Out’ and ’What Have You Done’, long with the acoustic ’Only The Wicked’ sees the band’s song writing craft reach a new level of diversity. 

The rhythm section (Gamble and Van Der Meer) lay a bed of infectious groove, that allows the Brit-rock like guitar tones of Mattern and raspy soul infused vocals from Redden to soar. This is evident on the 60s anthem inspired ’Believe You Know’and Americana vibes of ‘Dang Bird’ .

You can pre-order/save The Vendettas III here. 

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Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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