Touch and Go
The name Vibrolush sounds like some nifty new household appliance that doubles as a sex toy, but really, Vibrolush is a melodic hard rock band from New York who mine a classic rock vein while keeping a keen eye to popular musical trends. Their debut, Touch and Go, mixes alternating crunchy and atmospheric guitars with just the right hint of programming and the subtle touches of a well-submerged keyboard — like the Wallflowers or Goo Goo Dolls covering New Order. The group’s adventurous use of turntablism and sampling going head-to-head with classic rock guitars works so well that these contradictory elements achieve an engaging co-existence, most striking on the extremely funky “Claim To Fame” and a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker” that sounds like Beck crawled all over it. By adding in a variety of sounds already present in the songs of proven hit-makers, Touch and Go delivers a dozen surprisingly original tunes that could easily go cross-genre while remaining under the far-reaching “rock” umbrella. Above all, like their namesake, Vibrolush aim to satisfy.
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