Orlando, Fla. punk’n’roll band Vicious Dreams appears to take their ‘77 punk aspirations very seriously. The fashion sense, vocal style, and chord progressions read like a calculated Enid Coleslaw approximation of ‘70s punk authenticity. Plus, the “Vicious” half of their moniker naturally evokes a certain hack bassist who many still scramble to lionize. Their throwback aesthetic seems calibrated from top to bottom to reference the era with an unwavering devotion that leaves little room for innovation. The song structures and just-lo-fi-enough production serve their intended purposes, but the general talent and competency on display make me wonder if there isn’t something more interesting lurking beneath Vicious Dreams’ this-is-what-we’re-going-for vibe.
–Kelley O’Death (Self-released, viciousdreams.bandcamp.com)