VITNE – Endless Blue (EP)
This is the latest 6 song EP from Norwegian Alt-Rocker VITNE who just released his latest 6 song EP (Endless Blue) this year. Citing from his bio: VITNE is an American rock singer located in Oslo, Norway, playing a mixture of glam and V-Rock. Teamed with prolific German lead guitarist Julian Angel, VITNE gives a powerful rock and roll experience not often found in today’s pop-heavy and computer-generated-music world. I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening tracks “Rain of Hope” and “Endless Blue” set the stage rather well for an EP like this. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole EP is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Punk Rock textures with songs that at times can bite you and hit you hard with serious melodic staying power. Music will remind you of Silverchair, We the Kings, The Cab and even Cobra Starship.
To be honest I can’t say enough about this artists overall signature sound. Perhaps his musical approach is more easily defined and not that complicated: All members in his band: Vitne: Lead and backing vocals, flute, guitars, bass, synth, Julian Angel: Lead guitar, Phil Robertson: Drums on “Misery” and “The Ocean”,, Matthew Sean Reynolds: Drums on “Endless Blue.” Having amassed considerable experience playing – it’s obvious. The band is unafraid to embrace the rich palette of ever-shifting sounds and styles of contemporary popular music; but it should also be said that the emphasis is on songwriting and melody, and the style remains that of a simple (rock band guitars, bass guitar, vocal, keyboards, synth and drums).Their recordings showcase the eclectic songwriting approach: from upbeat, musically-involved pieces to simple, minimalist moody tracks to unusual studio creations all contained therein, recent recordings presents an interesting, melodically-challenging, literate (even uniquely tasteful) collection of songs. It may not be the simplest collection to digest, but its rewards are manifold, and at the center of each piece and every arrangement is an effective, if often simple, melody. These recordings find an artist like VITNE channeling (rather than being inspired or influenced by) a wide array popular-music-history’s critically renowned underground heroes: NIN, Television, the Velvet Underground, Kings of Leon, Sonic Youth, etc.
VITNE’s bark is far worse than his bit because he has an intimidating look. He represents a fresh new voice in modern punk and present a strong message that’s aggressive, upbeat and highly melodic. This latest collection of songs manages to capture lighting in a bottle and is very loud, youthful and at times even in your face. Each piece is real, and very defiant in nature. VITNE have a clean-tight sound that favors the late 90’s Alternative Rock movement but with a modern almost theatrical twist. They will also remind me of a variety of bands from the 80’s in the hey day of the Punk Rock movement. They have a new sound but the spirit remains the same. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on this lad as 2015 unfolds.
The song that stuck with me the most is the title track
Overall Rating: 7/10 Stars