VULTURES UNITED: Savages: CD

Right off the bat, I liked the front cover featuring natives eating ice cream that had me crack a smile. Then I noticed it was on Red Scare, which meant odds were good I would like the record. Vultures United is a lot less poppy than what I normally think of as the “Red Scare sound,” but strong stuff none the less. Vultures United are more about artfully treading the line of quirky and rocking post punk with similarities of Nation Of Ulysses or Paint It Black: herky jerky song structure and shouted vocals that never manages to obscure the quality of the hooks. I like this subgenre of punk rock and this is an impressive debut album from a California band to keep your eye on.

 –Jake Shut (Red Scare)