By Kevin Smith
Arizona Summer Wildcat
Wednesday July 17, 2002
With pop musicians becoming more like television stars than music stars ų thanks to heavy MTV rotation ų the world of music is long overdue for a new wave of musicians who don‚t need a glamorous video to get famous. (Although most of them have them anyway, just to make sure.)
Ask and ye shall receive.
Recently there have been different sounds making their way to popular radio thanks to breakthrough albums by The Strokes, the White Stripes and The Hives. Now comes the icing on the cake. The Vines are probably the best and most diverse sound to hit mainstream America in quite some time. The haunting Cobain kicker of it is this band is driven by a 24-year-old boy-wonder by the name of Craig Nicholls. Get used to hearing his name. Not only did he write all the music on this album, but he also created the album‚s cover art.
The Vine‚s sound is a love child that belongs to all your favorite rock bands. The opening title track could have been Nirvana‚s next single if circumstances permitted. That might sound sacrilegious, but this band has nothing but potential. „Autumn Shadeš is a spacey, psychedelic craftwork with Nicholls telling himself, „Keep my head up.š „Homesickš has that dreamy, heart broken sound comparable to Radiohead circa The Bends.
„The Factoryš is straight Beatles, but with a sound still unique enough to be claimed by Nicholls and Co. This debut will likely raise the level of competition for the best new band in the world. What comes next? This should be interesting.