Vaguess have released their second album Guilt Ring, out now on Sinderlyn / Remote Control Records.
Guilt Ring is the second helping from the acid tongued punk rock smashers from Vaguess (pronounced “Vegas”) which is the moniker of one Vinny Vaguess. It is the follow-up to his 2015’s compilation The Bodhi Collection. With the new album Vinny successfully peels back the sun dappled, “surf’s up” lies of the California tourism board to reveal scenes of domestic discord that would look just right as plot points in Repo Man.
Standing among the wreckage of his generation’s swan dive into mediocrity and malaise, Vinny welds a short story writer’s punchy, pulpy plot lines to airtight 1970s American punk sensibilities, tapping into the anxieties and fears that spurred bands like The Adolescents and The Descendents. These songs sure are bleak – case in point, today’s single which tells the story about guys getting their girlfriends pregnant and thinking it’s some kind of accomplishment.
All of it played to the hilt with heaping doses of black humor, sharp hooks (this is the first Vaguess album to feature Miles Lutrell, of Useless Eaters and Scraper, on drums) and zinger riffs. Vaguess is back!