U Words by Casey Wolfe
Alternative rock band Vault 51 is set to release their debut EP, Kid, in mid-July. This EP is the result of overcoming many challenges after years of “developing their unique sound.” The band opens the EP with “Thirty Six,” an edgy track with a flair for the dramatic. Sometimes life doesn’t feel normal unless things are spiraling out of control, which is essentially the message in this song. It transitions pretty easily into their next track, “We Don’t Care,” with an intro equally as intense as the end of the previous track. The song maintains the band’s pent up emotion while the lyrics are more passive. The chorus literally states, “We don’t care anymore.” “Magnolias” keeps up the band’s dark façade while incorporating a slightly lighter sound. Lyrics like, “Show me what you want but I’m not gonna listen/learn to see yourself in your own reflection/magnolias begin growing from empty hands,” combine a heavy gloom with just enough lightness to find a way out of whatever fog may surround listeners. Much like magnolias, people grow. However, the EP quickly turns around with the next track, “Wildfire.” Putting a spiteful spin on the EP, it includes lyrics such as, “I’m gonna hate you like I always do / I’m gonna break you down / I’m gonna break you until you’re wondering / when will my nightmare end?” “Mourning View” begins slower and softer than the other tracks with a haunting quality. “I think I miss you, I do / Mourning view, will I be seeing you soon,” make this track possibly the most resonating lyrically. Finishing off the EP is “Sincerely Me.” It picks up the pace once again to finish with a vengeance. It has a more prominent beat than other tracks and subtly used electronics which, along with a strong melody and lyrics that listeners can relate to their own personal lives, make this track one of their best on the EP. Overall, Vault 51 have managed to set their particular sound apart from other bands in the genre while delivering music and lyrics that fans will love, all in six tracks. While the EP is a great addition to listeners’ discographies, fans will be anxious for a full-length album from Vault 51 after this taste of what the band can do.
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