11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Plague Vendor’s 2014 debut Free to Eat was just 18 minutes long, but their second album swaps quickie outbursts for more sustained agitation. Brandon Blaine also screams less here, in favor of a poised demeanor that evokes both Jon Spencer and Lux Interior. His mouthy bravado is especially potent on “Anchor to Ankles” and “No Bounty,” which find intensity in ominous lyrics rather than rapid-fire playing. By the end, Plague Vendor feel less like punk upstarts than dark-hearted all-American rockers, recounting wild Saturday nights and slamming Uncle Sam.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Plague Vendor’s 2014 debut Free to Eat was just 18 minutes long, but their second album swaps quickie outbursts for more sustained agitation. Brandon Blaine also screams less here, in favor of a poised demeanor that evokes both Jon Spencer and Lux Interior. His mouthy bravado is especially potent on “Anchor to Ankles” and “No Bounty,” which find intensity in ominous lyrics rather than rapid-fire playing. By the end, Plague Vendor feel less like punk upstarts than dark-hearted all-American rockers, recounting wild Saturday nights and slamming Uncle Sam.

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About Plague Vendor

Based out of Whittier, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, Plague Vendor are a punk band who harness their nervy, nocturnal energy into their driving sound. Made up of singer Brandon Blaine, guitarist Jay Rogers, bassist Michael Perez, and drummer Luke Perine, the band's sound blends the urgency of early post-punk with the reckless attitude of hardcore, creating a style that squirms with nervous energy while it refuses to sit still. In 2014, the band signed on with the legendary punk label Epitaph, where they released their concise debut, Free to Eat, in the spring of that year. Recorded over the course of two weeks with producer and engineer Stuart Sikes (the Walkmen, Cat Power, Modest Mouse), the band issued their propulsive sophomore outing, Bloodsweat, in early 2016. ~ Gregory Heaney

ORIGIN
Whittier, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2009

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