As Victoria, British Columbia-based metallic hardcore outfit VULTURES prepare to release their second EP, Hunger, in early October, the band lets their first single for the crushing record off the chain. “Push” has been released through an official video for the merciless track, which makes its public debut through a premiere at Decibel Magazine.
Boiling with six tracks that put forth an attack of driving riffs and incendiary finger-pointing in just under twenty minutes, VULTURES’ Hunger was produced, mixed, and mastered by Tim Creviston (Misery Signals, Spiritbox), and fitted with artwork created by Dusty Ray and arranged by Kevin Moore of Soft Surrogate. The EP also includes a guest vocal feature from Larissa Stupar (Venom Prison, Wolf Down).
The video for “Push” was filmed and edited by Matthew Gladman with additional color editing by Graham Scanlon. In a collective statement, VULTURES offers, “Throughout Hunger, we poignantly reflect on the struggles of those impacted by substance abuse from a variety of different perspectives. ‘Push’ specifically is framed around dealers who prey on impoverished and impressionable peoples in order to make a living. In contrast to the undoubtedly negative connotations associated with such a living, we also examine the tribulations of said dealers who feel like they can’t make a living any other way or are forced into this particular line of work.
In order to evoke a visual sense of this lyrical contrast, the ‘Push’ video makes ample use of vividly cut colored and colorless scenes. A bleak white, black, and grey is juxtaposed against frenetic red and pink in order to add depth and context to the depictions of struggle that we highlight in the song.
We chose ‘Push’ as the debut song and video because we believe it acts as the perfect initial representation of, and introduction to, Hunger as an album. ‘Push’ displays some new dynamic compositional themes that are emblematic of the album as a whole and serves as a proud standard for the songs that will be shown later on when Hunger is released.”
Decibel writes with the premiere, “The band’s sharp, precise riffing gives the hardcore band a distinctly metallic edge.”
See VULTURES’ “Push” video exclusively at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.
The Hunger EP will see independent release on CD and all digital platforms via the band on October 4th. Preorders packages are now available; view options at the band’s website HERE as well as all digital platforms.
Watch for additional audio samples, videos, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.
Since recording Hunger the VULTURES lineup has shifted slightly, as bassist Ian Bezpalko has left the band. Bradley Seabrook has taken his place with guitarist Cole Lamb, drummer Graham Scanlon, and vocalist Alex Pearce.
In the wake of this upcoming release, the band is looking to broaden its horizons and make waves worldwide. VULTURES will embark on their largest tour yet in support of the EP. Canadian dates will include notable performances with the likes of Cancer Bats in Victoria September 21st and Despised Icon in Vancouver September 23rd, leading into the band’s first ever foray into the United States. The bulk of the tour begins in Kelowna on October 2nd and runs down the coast and back ending in Seattle on October 21st.
VULTURES – Hunger Release Tour Dates:
9/21/2019 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC w/ Cancer Bats
9/23/2019 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC w/ Despised Icon
10/02/2019 Munnins Post – BC
10/03/2019 Clever Rabbit – Edmonton, AB
10/04/2019 Black Cat Tavern – Saskatoon, SK
10/05/2019 Sloth Records – Calgary, AB
10/06/2019 Salmo Hotel – Salmo, BC
10/07/2019 Real Art Tacoma – Tacoma, WA
10/08/2019 La Voyeur – Olympia, WA
10/09/2019 Old Nicks Bar – Eugene, OR
10/10/2019 Little Red Lion – Eureka, CA
10/11/2019 The Red Hat Concord – San Francisco, CA
10/12/2019 Til Two Club – San Diego, CA
10/13/2019 Yucca Tap Room – Phoenix, AZ
10/14/2019 Ward 6 – Tucson, AZ
10/15/2019 Old Towne Pub Pasadena – Los Angeles, CA
10/16/2019 Xbar – San Jose, CA
10/17/2019 Sheas Tavern – Reno, NV
10/18/2019 Concrete Lodge – Redding, CA
10/19/2019 East Side Bar And Grill – Portland, OR
10/20/2019 The Capitol – Bend, OR
10/21/2019 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
VULTURES conveys an unapologetic and visceral energy through their brand of hardcore. With sonic inspirations that include the likes of Converge, Dead And Divine, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the band combines the technicality and bite of metal with the attitude of hardcore punk in order to deliver performances with unrivalled potency and aggression.
Initially playing local DIY house shows as a means of introducing themselves in 2016, VULTURES has since proceeded to support metal heavyweights Enterprise Earth, Fall City Fall, Hideous Divinity, and Depths Of Hatred on a series of Canadian tours, and has shared the stage with eminent groups ’68 and Archspire. VULTURES now prepares to release their second EP Hunger.