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Review: 'VEX, THE'
'The Vex EP'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '21st April 2017'

Our Rating:
With earnest diatribes set to a rock reggae beat this London four-piece's third EP is described as "a meditation of life, death and melodica".

The five tracks are brimful of righteous anger and lifestyle tips for 21st century living.

Here is a track by track guide:
Education Kills: is a tribute to the bravery of Malasa Yousafzai ("this fearless heroine") whose campaigning for women's education has continued despite being shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban. Education inspires might have been a better title.

Satori gets its title for the Zen Buddhist term for 'awakening' and by extension addresses the necessity for an acceptance of our own mortality or, in the words of the song, "You know you're going to die - yeah, you're feeling alright".

Living In The is a rage against the machine style existential rant inspired by Alan Watts' recommendation that we should live in the moment; "Living in the eternal now" being the full message.

Darker Shade Of Black is more "soul-stirring reggae" inspired by the old adage that 'the pen is mightier than the sword'.

Eat Your Words is, at six minutes, the longest track and gives the band scope to indulge themselves with an dub-inspired instrumental coda.

All this worldly wordiness makes for a welcome change from the typical self indulgent, and inarticulate, posturing that one habitually associates with 'lads' culture. It's just a pity the hooks aren't stronger.
The Vex at Bandcamp
  author: Martin Raybould

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