Vaudeville are an unsigned rock band who have just independently released their second album, Vendetta. They started out in 2007 and their debut album Dismantle the Sky was also independently released in 2009.
The band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has just won the Rawkzilla Battle of the Bands. The band is made up of Chris Gummeson (vocals & keys), Timmy Kosel (bass), Chris Schara (guitar), A.J. Sugar (guitar) and John Olson (drums).
They are best described as a mixture of indie, hard rock, alternative and brit-pop. Vendetta is full of silky vocals and excellent riffs while Into the Mouth is reminiscent of The Cure’s Disintegration. White Lights features a haunting melody which progressively gets edgier and called to mind Muse and The Manic Street Preachers. Tainted Passerby is excellent and sounds like The Killers’ Hot Fuss. Restless Souls features brilliant guitar with an electrifying base and lyrics.
Of the eleven songs featured, there is not one song that could be considered a filler. It’s hard to believe Vaudeville have not been signed yet. In this humble writer’s opinion they are easily as good (if not better than) any of the rock bands in the charts these days.
Review by Louise Wood