Led by singer/songwriter Paul Pangman with british born Matt Howels (guitar/back up vocals), Lee Grasso (Bass) and Phillippines native Wiggy Colmenares (drums/back up vocals), NYC based band The Glorious Veins over the last few years have toured the country and back, playing in over 25 states including shows at SXSW and on The Vans Warped Tour. Last year they used Kickstarter to raise funds for their next album, hitting their goal in just two weeks.
Recorded entirely on 2 inch analog tape in the fall of 2012 at Brooklyn’s Galuminum Foil Studios with engineer Jeff Berner, “Savage Beat” has been released. In addition to their typical drums bass guitar setup, the album features strings, synth, woodwinds, timpani and chamber bells.
The Glorious Veins are the hidden soul of post punk, and “Savage Beat” is a journey that will never end. If only everyone would carefully listen to this album, popular music would take a radically different course. This album skies to melodic heights, while safely plummeting through the depths of grinding rhythms. Only to bring you back up, time and again. No one I have heard, currently do this better than the The Glorious Veins.
On the album, this band of post-punk geniuses, combine their mastery of rhythms, riffs, hooks, and harmonies, with a commitment to detail that is simultaneously frightening and beautiful. The Glorious Veins break several boundaries and really, in my mind refuse classification other than that they are a band deserving of a more successful status.
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Paul Pangman’s vocals are at times incredibly powerful and delicately eerie, while the lyrical content is simply amazing, as it walks the fine line through surrealism and wrenching emotional turmoil. This is possibly the most passionate and technically convincing singing on a studio recording that I’ve heard in a very long while.
Matt Howels’ brilliant guitar interludes possess complexity, depth, and grabbing melody, they’re just one jaw-dropping riff after another, flowing together flawlessly. Once the rhythm section of Lee Grasso (Bass) and Wiggy Colmenares (Drums)turn on the powerhouse beats and cranks up the bass, you know that you won`t be able to remain seated while listening to this album.
The great thing about the The Glorious Veins is that they have a timeless sound. The album is very well produced in that it has a consistent feel throughout; the ambient warmth and earthy feel, plus the repeated counterpoint against changing harmonics in their arrangements, give it all a very original and unique sound.
“Savage Beat” however, is not for your average listener. If you are looking for fluff, then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is for the discerning listener who appreciates music with class and substance. From start to finish, there is not one bad song. The tracks flow through one right after the other. Highs include the title track: “Savage Beat,” “Call It Off” and “Introvert,” but strangely enough, it’s the more unconventional triad of songs, “Jai Alai,” “From The Desk” and “Tin Foil Hats,” that really knock me off my feet.
The most melodic and musical of post punk bands, The Glorious Veins should only be compared to great bands in conversation. “Savage Beat” is an intense rock album that will take you to many places and provoke unlimited emotions.
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