“We’re Vulture Shit. That’s the worst kind of shit.” —Randy Vandal, Vulture Shit
Vulture Shit are a non-traditional post-hardcore trio traveling under what I’m pretty convinced are assumed names: Randy Vandal (vocals), Mike D. (drums), and Mike B. (bass). If you were in a band called Vulture Shit, you’d disguise your true identity too. But these guys are no superheroes—according to their lyrics they are all too normal. Disgustingly, creepily normal. Feel free to connect with them on LinkedIn (surely the height of social networking banality), though your odds of landing that new gig will probably diminish due to the association. But enough about the players—what about the music? The lack of guitar is the obvious insight, but it’s not missed at all. Mike B.’s expert bass-playing is absolutely singular and I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard anything like it. Combined with Mike D.’s powerhouse drumming, this is all Vulture Shit needs in terms of instrumentation. Randy Vandal vocalizes like a younger Matt Korvette (Pissed Jeans) or a way younger David Yow (you know). Laying down a whopping twelve songs in twenty-three minutes, this trio wowed a crowd—myself included—that had shown up early to catch Pile (their set here).
Baby’s FOH Harrison Fore recorded this set with a board feed and the Baby’s room mics. I mixed those two sources in post-production. Like the Pile set from the same night, the sound is exceptional even for Baby’s standards. Enjoy!
You can take my word—and this recording—for it, but seeing is believing: catch Vulture Shit next Friday June 12 on a stellar Northside Fest showcase at Aviv, along with NYCTaper favs Washer. Tickets are on sale.
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Baby’s All Right
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Recorded by Harrison Fore
Produced by Eric PH
Soundboard (engineer: Harrison) + Audio Technica 4051 > 4x Mono WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, mixdown) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, exciter) > Audacity 2.0.5 (amplify, fades, downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)
01. I Love the Way He Touches His Computer
02. I Love My Job
04. Cable’s Out
05. Church Van Contraband
06. Walkie-Talkie Sleepover (My Fault My Friend Died)
07. The End
09. You Crossed the Line
10. Rookie Cop
11. Area Dad
12. Hell on a T-Shirt