New The Emperors of Ice Cream Album – Vice Cream

Whilst Plugged In Brighton wouldn’t dream of encouraging anyone to start new vices, you would be foolish not to try this one, Vice Cream, the new release from Emperors of Ice Cream.

We’re unequivocal fans of Emperors here at Plugged In Brighton, and this seven-track LP comes in the same year as previous platter Employees of Ice Cream, which we reviewed back in January.

Vice Cream features three tracks already released as singles, two previously covered by us.

Opener So It’s Said is discordant guitar-based music with lyrics which seem strange but also at times, resolutely of now. We gave it a thumbs-up back in April!

Travel Time is a sweet n sour palate cleanser which fizzes and pops over its 84 seconds duration.

Into Three Or Four where guitars shimmer and the band locks into a narcoleptic shuffle. Ennui hangs heavy.

Req recounts the tale of the death of a peer and the related fallout and focuses in on the minutiae of relationships and what is meant and felt by not being said. We loved this back in August.

Frizz is anchored to a nagging riff so strong it appears to have resurrected Mark E Smith so he can bark random thoughts over it.

A Little Bit Kinder is built on thunderous drums with the mantra of being kinder repeated ad nauseam.

Boy is the album’s closer and at eleven minutes is a runaway train of groove with passages of blissful noise.

Whilst Plugged In Brighton wouldn’t dream of encouraging anyone to start new vices, you would be foolish not to try this one. Rhythmic indie with a heart.

Tracklist:

  • So It’s Said
  • Travel Time
  • Into Three Or Four
  • Req
  • Frizz
  • A Little Bit Kinder
  • Boy

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