The VVers have more than a few platters by these guys, but it is their second album, the titanic Exploding Head, first introduced by Brother VV as a gift, that has spawned such musical affection. Even though drenched in feedback, the production values on Exploding Head (and most of the APTBS records, for that matter) are fantastic. It's hard to get enough of that signature APTBS sound: crisp, echoey, devastating. Exploding Head is a frenetic batch of songs with sonics so over the top that by the end it's not hard to imagine the recording studio being blasted off of the map. Even more amazing is how the mix of sharp drums and direct guitar riffs easily sticks in your head. That's right, high speed noise-rock that is catchy. Exploding Head is on crystal-clear vinyl and the band often does a respectable job pressing their vinyl on fun colors; Strange Moon is bright tie-dye yellow and the new single is translucent blue (read on)!
The VVers have plans to see APTBS in the near future at Austin Psych Fest, "Levitation." The venues couldn't be more different: tiny club in Baltimore and giant outdoor festival in Austin. Fingers crossed that they play a night set and bring "the goods." The Vinyl Vagabonds will be there; earplugs at the ready and eagerly looking for the merch table.