Vulgarians – Of Humdrum Consumption

Following a tour with The Wytches and Weirds, Hull post-punk outfit Vulgarians will be releasing a cassette reissue of their highly-praised recent EP, Almost-Instinct, Almost-True (produced by MJ of Hookworms), on Norwich label Witchgirl Recordings. With the announcement, the band are now sharing the gritty video for the angular, snarling EP opener ‘Of Humdrum Consumption’. The Almost-Instinct, Almost-True tape is officially released August 1st.

On the video, Vulgarians explain: “Of Humdrum Consumption’ is a pretty sprawling and chaotic song, so we thought it’d be cool to go at the video from a different angle. We conceived the idea of having a video using archive footage of dreary, day-to-day, 50’s life, encapsulated within the utopian ‘American Dream’, juxtaposing the song’s feeling; yet tying in with lyrics and meaning of the song. We think our friend Mike Connolly has really nailed that with this video.”

‘Of Humdrum Consumption’ is a twisted and discordant post punk number driven by a formidable krautrock gusto. Front-man Ryan’s tortured, incendiary vocals are underpinned by a pummeling motorik bassline, swirls of feedback, crashing percussion and angular punk guitars. This is Vulgarians at their best; totally primal and propelled by a relentless, grimacing energy that’s hard to shake.

In the last couple of months, the band were asked to join The Wytches across a handful of UK dates, they’ve had continued support from Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq and performed a run of shows at Great Escape – at which they received Flash Funding from PRS to work on their new album and release 500 12” vinyl. Vulgarians are clearly showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon – whilst spending the next few months working on the new LP they’re also booked to play this year’s Tramlines Fringe (Sheffield), 234 Festival (Brighton) and Indie Banquet (Leeds).

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