Van Dammes – Better Than Sex EP

7/10

Well, it seems I picked the best album to listen to, during the most gorgeous weekend we have had so far this year in Montreal. This record SCREAMS summer. Ladies and gentlemen: put your shades on, slap this baby on your MP3 player, car radio, or whatever other means of musical devices you use, and blast it on a gorgeous summery day. I’ll explain why- keep reading.

The Van Dammes are a Finnish garage punk band, and have approached us in the past to review their first EP The VD. Once again, they brought us something fun and perky, with simple guitar riffs and catchy choruses.  The more I listen to this record, the more I find myself learning the words easily and dancing around in my apartment.

Better Than Sex  consists of four slightly less than two-minute-long tracks, so you can get through this EP pretty quickly.  It starts off with a deep bass line involved in the song “Vesna,” then the party begins.  I can’t quite put my finger on what my favourite track would be on this album because they all generally sound very similar. They all have the same bass line and beat, along with a catchy, fun chorus. That is what can make punk so beautiful in its simplicity, I suppose.

My only reason for knocking points off this record is the lack of originality. The first band I thought of when hearing the Van Dammes for the first time was the Ramones. I know, I know…a typical comparison. But I almost hear “Blitzkrieg Bop” at the beginning of every track on this record. I wouldn’t say this record is actually better than sex, but it is definitely a fun listen.

Written by Liz Imperiale

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Liz, founder and CEO of Bucketlist, Canada's first female-owned music webzine, is an avid lover of music and the arts who brings a rich, artistic background to every aspect of her life. As a child, she sang in a choir and has been playing keys on and off for 15 years. Liz’ musical inclinations coupled with her love of art allowed her to pursue a degree in media/marketing/design. After 20 years working in the music industry, booking raves, shows, handling promotion management, and managing artists she decided to form a webzine called Bucketlist Music Reviews. The zine was a medium for her to be able to help musicians gain some recognition that they deserved. She has taken advantage of this experience and pushed her career further in Public Relations and Social Media Management. Because of Liz’ wide knowledge and musical taste she DJs as well, blasting your favourite 80s and 90s tunes. If you find DJ Lizard Queen spinning in your town do not miss out - you may just have the time of your life.

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