VANCOOTHS, THE: “One Day in Rome” b/w “No Security”: 7”

The catchy riffs and echoing vocals of Breda, Netherlands’ The VanCooths hook you from the start and don’t let go. Featuring dual vocalists, the five-person outfit delivers a jangling mix of shoegaze and power pop meets surf rock. This is a sound sometimes referred to as C86, both as a pejorative and as praise. In the case of The VanCooths, it’s certainly praise, though I feel they are a stronger band than even the name suggests. There’s an otherworldliness to their vocal performances that’s captivating and exists in a stark opposition to the jangling surf-esque riffs. The band make it work in such a way that you can’t help but be mesmerized by each song. Two tracks were not enough from The VanCooths, and I’m already craving more. –Paul J. Comeau (Certified PR, certifiedprrecords.com)