Following their breakout debut self titled album as well as being dubbed “one of the year’s best” by Kerrang! Magazine, Vukovi have revealed a thought provoking new video for their single, ‘Weirdo’ focused around cyberbullying and have also confirmed UK headline tour dates beginning in May as well as festival appearances.
Vukovi are a Scottish alternative rock band ready to release their debut album on the world. Vukovi will be hitting on March 10th through LAB Records. Everything about the Vukovi package screams ‘fun’, so does it deliver?
Sure, Vukovi have designed a record that is bursting to the seams with character and energy, and yes, it’s good fun. Digging a little deeper, however, there’s not too much else on show. Lead single and album opener La Di Da sets the tone for the record. It’s jovial, it’s upbeat, but it’s not particularly original. Consistently and smooth vocals over simple yet effective pop rock backing, it makes for good listening there’s just a lack of strong signature.
Some tracks such as Target Practice promise a heavier, more motivated beat at first before dropping back into a similar vein. It would be unfair to say that Vukovi aren’t good at what they do. The album is stylistically polished with very few missteps, but it’s a shame the band didn’t test their boundaries somewhat more in a few of the tracks.
Boy George is one of the songs that pushes a little harder than the rest, with vocalist Janie Shilstone expanding her vocal range and throwing in some stronger vocals which she manages with gusto. More of these terser vocal patterns would have been a refreshing addition to Vukovi.
Colour Me In brings the album to a suitably close, reaching up to a satisfying climax with some of the best instrumentation on the album.
Vukovi have written and produced a very consistent and pleasing album, though slightly tinged with a sense of incompleteness. Vukovi would have benefited if the band had taken a few more risks and tested their boundaries. For the casual listener there is little to be displeased about here, but for those seeking more depth Vukovi is unlikely to provide much return value.
If you’re looking for something inventive and exciting from the UK music scene, then you not need to look any further than Vukovi. With a tour announcement joining their debut album news and a new song too, this will no doubt be an exciting time for the band
You can check out the latest song ‘La Di Da‘ below as well as the tour dates!