The Canadian rock outfit once known as Viet Cong has returned with a new album, a new name and a punk revival sound that still says “I’m politely resigned to my fate.”
Tattered, ragged and rocking–that’s how we like our grunge. Loveboys, the grunge pop trio out of Portland, knows this. Their new Loveboys EP powers through a full course of grimy riffs, jagged vocals and genre-bending structures while still retaining the classic grunge sound that drives their creative ethos.
The EP kicks off with the raucous “Tender Branson,” which begins with a stripped down vocal/guitar accompaniment before banging into a siege of power chords. “Elixir” is an epic burner that dials back the frenzy to a more methodical pace while upping the melodic guitar lines throughout. The juxtaposition of these two tracks is indicative of the EP as a whole. Loveboys are capable of thrashing, but they also have a keen collective ear for the intricacies that separate the interesting from the status quo. »
Loveboys celebrate the release of their self-titled EP June 15 at The Know