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:: My Vitriol ::
25 June 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 4 Trk CD
By Manuel Ecostos

Six years on from “Finelines” the first glimpse of My Vitriol’s material from Som Wardner is now in the light of day. After experimenting under a different name in March (the 1000 copy limited 'This Time', released under the tag 'A Secret Society' on Org Records) the lead track here “War Of The Worlds”, is taken from the forthcoming album. My Vitriol are from a time when Feeder were trying to make the big time and Muse weren’t half as popular as they are now. A time where the post-shoegazed echoes of the 90’s began to fade away and Britain was falling into a black hole as Britpop gave a couple more twitches before withering away. Dance music and manufactured bands was what we WANTED to hear, according to the record labels (yep the same ones that now sign any kid on a street corner who maybe even looks like he might be thinking of buying a guitar).

“War Of The Worlds” is a more considered piece of work, given the new time and place that Wardner now wants to occupy and as such it’s still heavy, but crammed with dreamy scuzzy landscapes that try to melt the very best bits of Muse and My Bloody Valentine into a behemoth rock track. As an EP this is a pretty devastating collection of tracks. The piano led, spacey ballad of “Lord Knows How I’ve Tried” is a very palatable tune where Wardner’s vocals are convincing and his widescreen sensibilities work wonders. You’ll have to draw your own conclusion about the cover of “Toy Soldiers” which is excellent in a c86 sense, but it’s an unavoidably cheesy song whichever way. “ElectroWar (the Son Of Robit Remix)” is an excellent cut and paste atmospheric opus of stadium electronica.

All you really have to do is consider that in 1998, My Vitriol were already creating the kind of ideas that Editors and Muse are now using to great effect and that whilst the late Creation generation is being revisited, back then it was a cruelly unfashionable pastime. My Vitriol are back and it’s no less than a wake up call.



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