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Mother Vulture – ‘Mother Knows Best’

Independent Release
Blackhole, Rival Sons, Royal Blood, Slaves, Wolfmother, Turbowolf, The Hives, Queens of the Stone Age
Release Date
November 25, 2022
Independent Release
Alternative/Desert Rock/Punk/Blues Punk

It can sometimes be easy to say that rock and punk are ‘stuck in the past’ or ‘dying’. Looking at the current Top 40 may indicate such. Luckily, Mother Vulture are here to prove you all categorically wrong, with a punky, blues-soaked riff-fest of an album sure to melt the face of naysayers.

Kicking off with long-time live favourite ‘Fame or Shame’ is a convincing way to let the listener know what they’re in for, and the madmen from Bristol barely slow down for all 36 minutes of the album. 

Despite not doing anything revolutionary, this is one of the freshest, most compelling rock releases in years, kicking out washed-up tropes of over-indulgent solos and boring ballads that continue to tighten their grip on rock bands, replacing them with boundless energy, tempos that would make speed metal bands blush, and fantastically polished, brutal production that allows the guitar and bass of Chris Simpson and Brodie Maguire to fill the speakers, and shake any unstable houses apart effectively.

This is a lesson in what the modern punk, rock, and blues scenes needed. If this isn’t one of your top albums of the year, I’ll be very surprised.

"All the subtlety of a herd of elephants, and all the better for it"

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