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Album Review

Hailed as the saviors of rock & roll by NME with their 2002 debut album, Highly Evolved, Australian quartet the Vines proved to be anything but, spending the rest of the decade virtually imploding amongst a worrying series of events involving frontman Craig Nicholls, including hurling abuse at his own fans, kicking photographers, and battling with severe mental health issues. After their biggest champions turned against them during the release of 2008's Melodia, the band appeared to have had a re-think, and instead of basically recording the same album for a fifth time, Future Primitive sees them experiment ever so slightly outside their usual comfort zone. Produced by Bumblebeez's Chris Colonna, their usual thrashy garage rock sound is still very much the default setting, as evident on the yelping brash opener "Gimme Love," the ferocious psychedelics of "Weird Animals," and the dirty bass-driven punk of the title track. However, as well as attempting to revive the early-'60s concept of the no-nonsense two-minute single (of which there are potentially several here), the album also draws in a whole host of influences from the same era, whether it's the Beach Boys-inspired harmonies of "Leave Me in the Dark," the reverb-drenched Beatles-ish melodies of spacy ballad "All That You Do," or the Dylan-esque acoustic folk of "Goodbye." Unfortunately, this newfound creative streak doesn't always pay off. "Black Dragon" is an aimless, feedback-drenched wall of noise that sounds like the record button was accidentally pressed during an uninspiring jam session, the confusingly titled "Outro" (track 11 of 13), is an equally self-indulgent slice of electro-tinged noodling, while "S.T.W." is a poor relation to Winning Days' "F.T.W.," which suggests Nicholls ran out of ideas toward the end. With such an unpredictable frontman, the Vines were always going to struggle to live up to the hyperbole, but while Future Primitive isn't going to set the world on fire, it's a step in the right direction from a band who had undeniably lost their way. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The Vines - Future Primitive

The Vines have had a whirlwind career which could be stretched to a band twice their age. Since bursting into the scene with their explosive debut 'Highly Evolved' and equally powerful 'Winning Days' the band have dealt with their fare share of criticism for their following masterpieces 'Vision Vally' and 'Melodia'.
Back after three years here they are with 'Future Primitive' and it does not disappoint. Easily their most experimental effort to date, this boundary pushing album is a far cry from the stripped back songs you see Craig Nicholls 'wow' viewers with in their live performances. The album is a mixed bag of explosive grunge rock songs (gimme love, black dragon, Future Primitive, S.T.P, Weird animals), to 60's and 70's melodic pop (River view avenue, Cry, Autumn shade 4), stripped back (goodbye) to experimental epics (All that you do, Goodbye, Outro).
This album is one of the bands most honest to date and really sticks with you. It shows growth and a talent which is far from being over with such a diverse range between songs which is rarely seen today.
With full backing from Sony records, Nicholls being in his healthiest state yet and rumours of extensive tours one can only hope The Vines are one step closer to where they deserve to be.

great stuff

nice one - it's great! repeatable and infectious

Future Primitive

The Vines fifth album sees them experiment with spacey guitars & electronic sounds. Songs such as Black Dragon, Weird Amials, STW, Gimme Love and the title Future Primitive are pumping rock songs that show once again The Vines can really rock hard..Whilst AS4, All That You Do, Leave Me In The Dark, Cry and Goodbye, showcase Craigs ability to use beautiful harmonies along side his honest and heart searching lyrics. The album is rounded off with infectious pop songs Riverview Avenue, Candy Flippin Girl and the experimental spacey track Outro..Something for everyone. This is deffinetly an album fans and The Vines can be VERY proud of...Unforgettable and Infectious..Future Primitive :)


Formed: 1999 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Australia in the late '90s, the Vines rose to prominence during the garage rock revival of the early 2000s, joining bands such as the Hives, Jet, and the Libertines in their confident swagger and punky energy. While other groups took cues from the Stooges and MC5, however, the Vines found inspiration elsewhere, particularly in the grungy craft of Nirvana and the melodic, psychedelic appeal of vintage British pop. The combination helped make their debut album, 2002's Highly Evolved, an international...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Punk
  • Released: 03 June 2011

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