The purveyors of rock music known as the Vodka Tourists have released their latest EP record, “Almost Abandoned.” The EP has been proudly published on the Pontmorlais Records independent music label. At seven tracks and nearly 30 minutes long, it represents a comprehensive introduction to this striking rock group from south London. Originally released in June of 2014, “Almost Abandoned” is a real, modern incarnation of the true rock spirit which persists in the best groups from one era to the next.
Vodka Tourist leader John Hill has cited as main artistic influences such titans of the sound as the Byrds, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and the Church. While elements of each are present in “Almost Abandoned,” it is perhaps a blend of the Byrds and the Church which most closely resembles the general mode and tone of Hill’s songwriting and delivery.
The Vodka Tourists’ minimalistic, (almost) low-fi approach to studio recording will endear this record to fans of power pop and alt-rock bands like Dramarama and the Replacements, while his unstoppably natural songwriting will inspire awe in anyone with an ear for the craft. Fans of verve-charged and versatile classic-rock groups such as the Kinks, the Animals and the Zombies will also appreciate Hill’s straightforward, kick-through-the-fence songwriting. A simple visit to the Vodka Tourists’ official Soundcloud site is likely to guarantee a new fan within moments (link provided below).
Asked to describe what “Almost Abandoned”’s overall theme might be, Hill writes, “[It’s] the message of the power of timeless, guitar-driven music that will take you back to a special time and place or transport you forward to a place that’s yet to be discovered.”
The Vodka Tourists’ current official bio reads:
“The Vodka Tourists is the brainchild of John Hill, who writes, records, performs and produces all the material from a studio in the depths of south London. The VT’s sound reflects The John’s strong Celtic roots, particularly in the imagery of the lyrics.Chiming guitars mixed with haunting lyrics and melodies that stir images of loss and melancholy are the classic hallmarks of the VT’s sound.”
“Almost Abandoned” by the Vodka Tourists is available online worldwide. Get in early, rock fans. Very early.
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