Vancouver, BC band, Villain Villain, is certainly a juxtaposition of eras. While their influences seem to be all over the map, their strongest sources of inspiration are heavily rooted in the surf music of the sixties as well as the synth pop of the eighties. It is a tricky combination to pull off if you are looking at their associated styles alone, but musically, both are airy and light with whimsical overtones.
Their three track debut, Dehmos, is exactly what the title says phonetically: demos. The recordings sound distant, especially the vocals, and the songs get lost a little bit in psych airiness. This is likely a result of the lack of production quality. The band, however, definitely sound their finest on the final track, “Twisting Fingers.” It stands out far above its predecessors. The track is much more aggressive and the band really starts to own their style with this one. It seems as if the first two tracks, “Thirsty White Sun” and “Dry,” are attempts at feeling out their fusion as if the band was trying to find the right balance. “Twisting Fingers” finds that balance, leaning further on the psych/surf side, and it delivers a product rich with confidence and bravado.
If recording this EP is taken as a learning experience, then there is lots of potential for Villain Villain to make some waves (and possibly surf them). The key to their success will be to own their style and continue the momentum they set forth here. Music is supposed to be sexy and there’s nothing sexier than confidence. Just ask Mick Jagger about that.
While this EP may be forgettable in the long run, it does show enough potential to keep a look out for this band once they put out something with more substance.
Written by Richard Brunette
*edited by Danielle Kenedy