VANITY: ”Yer Fucking Boring” b/w “There’s the Door”: 7”

Last year, from out of nowhere (well, New York City, but let’s be honest, there ain’t much decent punk coming outta NYC lately) came Vanity with the Vain in Life LP, a stellar album of street punk rock’n’roll. A healthy mix of British oi and American/Australian rock’n’roll influences. With the clean guitar tone, there’s the inevitable Templars comparison (the last great NYC band)—but Vanity have their own thing going, and it continues on this new single. While the vocals have an undeniable and well-executed Ian Stuart quality about them in the verses of the A side (just the vocals, not the lyrics), the chorus brings in a more melodic vocal line. That combined with the catchy-as-fuck guitar lick throughout the song makes for a killer single worth repeated spins. Like the Templars, Vanity employs a stylistic theme to their cover art. The fucked up, brutal content of a de Goya painting (as on the cover of The Obsessed’s Lunar Womb record) but in a more colorful, renaissance style. Anyway, a solid if unremarkable B side (aside from the coy SLF lyrical reference) still makes this a worthwhile pickup, if you can find it. I still haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of their LP. Repress? 

 –Chad Williams (Katorga Works, katorgaworks.bandcamp.com, [email protected])