Portland’s WAMPIRE (ostensibly Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps) have worked the same circuit in their home-town as did (now labelmates) STRFKR and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Indeed, they came to the attention of the Polyvinyl label when they opened a show for STRFKR in Portland itself. And, as these quirks of fate would have it, their debut album ‘Curiosity’ which is due for release this May, has been produced by Jacob Portrait, bass player with Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
The album it seems carries a healthy variation in musical style, the title itself relating to the perceived curiosity of the listener prior to hearing the next track on the album.
For those, like me, who are unfamiliar with the band, the following track, ‘The Hearse’ which has been lifted as the first single from the long-player is apparently a good introduction with it moving from the big, dramatic opening through a bouncy, punk beat wrapped in swirling synths to a forty second ‘experimental’ / electronic breakdown before returning the listener to the infectious rhythm and melody.
(‘The Hearse’ is released on March 5th through Polyvinyl Records)