released 02 December 2012
While there is certainly nothing wrong with music that exists merely to entertain, it truly is magical when one hears a song that has such a profound impact on them emotionally that they are changed for the better. And that is what my relationship with the music of Vehicle Blues is. I recall vividly my discovery of Vehicle Blues in that I was conversing with Kevin Greenspon regarding stocking his Bridgetown Records releases in my distro. I sampled the mp3s the site had to offer and yes, there was a Vehicle Blues track and I dug it. I stocked pretty much all of the releases and unless my memory is ultra hazy I remember at the time originally being more excited for some of the other releases I was stocking. It wasn't until I was sitting down with Vehicle Blues' "Changer" and then "Punks on Transit" where I found myself completely enveloped in the sonic tapestry that the Blues mastermind Gabe Holcombe was creating. Neither of those releases left my cd player and I couldn't wait to hear more. It was as if I was fiending. By the time the "Koz Park" cassette hit, my 24-7 obsession with Vehicle Blues was official. And perhaps obsession is a poor choice of words but I honestly couldn't recall having a desire to listen to anything but Vehicle Blues. When everything else in my life felt incredibly wrong, anytime I was within an earshot of Vehicle Blues' music everything felt very right. There is just something about getting lost in the sound of Vehicle Blues, every little nuance just wraps around my being. Whether it is the layered tones of hypnotic guitar fuzz, or the hushed melancholy of Holcombe's voice. The pulsating, almost primitive "Psychocandy" esque drum machine sounds . Or how songs would morph from fuzzed out pop nuggets to sprawling canvases of reverb drenched noise. All of it is just sonic beauty and it couldn't have revealed itself at a better time in my life. I am thrilled beyond imagination to have Vehicle Blues be a part of the Rok Lok discography and share music that is so important to me on a personal level with others in the hope that they have their own experience with this wonderful music. If you like fuzzy, loner bedroom pop/shoegaze then you need to give Vehicle Blues a spin. Limited to 50 cassettes with hand stamped labels and full color, numbered cardstock j cards.