The Bastards of Fate – Vampires Are Real and Palpable Vinyl Review

Sounding like very few bands around today, on The Bastards of Fate’s sophomore record (Vampires Are Real And Palpable), they offer up a perfect example of how refreshingly creative a group can be if they simply don’t give a fuck about pleasing anyone but themselves. Over the course of just 10 songs, the Roanoke-based band pull apart pop, psychedelic and college rock and then twist and force it into their own contorted, brilliantly misshapen, but bracingly original genre. 

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From the menacingly bleak album opener, “Winter of Our Discontent,” to an amusingly quirky track like “Own It,” the band is all over the map musically. Though a much more challenging record, Vampires… still manages to sound much more collaborative than 2012’s Who’s a Fuzzy Buddy? Simply odd, but for all the right reasons.

The Bastards of Fate – Vampires Are Real and Palpable/10 tracks/This Will Be Our Summer/2014

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