Genres: instrumental rock, indie rock, indie pop
July 8 - 15 2002
Victory Squad are an instrumental rock band that fall somewhere in
between Mogwai and Enon. While Mogwai is
much more slow and powerful than they are, they're pop sensibities
aren't as obvious as Enon's. Add to the mix some Ativin,
some Pavement, and a whole slew of Sweep The Leg Johnny
and you've got a great big Victory stew.
As this whole onslaught of indie influences may suggest, the Squad
know their way around the scene, and their music is no
different. They boast a very pleasant sound - fast-paced and
catchy, yet complex and layered. On "Fisto" they
combine the traditional bass, drums, and guitar formula to make a
country-influenced rock track that would fit well on a long road trip,
heading down a highway at 70 miles per hour. Meanwhile,
"More Scary Than A Puma" features a menacing bass line and
jumpy, sporadic guitar playing. When it reaches the main melody,
you just feel like jumping around in glee. Well, not quite, but
you get the picture.
All around, The Victory Squad has released a fine
record. If you're a fan of Sweep The Leg Johnny, Ativin,
or other bands of that style, this CD will surely win you over - I
guess you can call this EP a Victory for the Squad (ha ha).