User Review( vote)
Vices presents itself as the antidote to a typical intoxicated pub-worn Aussie weekend. With it’s smooth-flowing Monday afternoon vibes and reggae infusions, this number chases a throwback to when chilled out tunes topped the triple J’s hottest 100 in the early ’90s.
Vices tells the story of a “weekend warrior”, painting the highs and lows of momentary gratification and the melancholia of the hedonistic lifestyle. “I need a week off my vices” and “she got drunk and lost her licence” are among the vocal hooks that fill the regretful mind of a twenty-something party-goer.
Lyrically this song oversteps its “pop” aesthetic by tackling remorse, infatuation (of lover and substance) and intoxication woes, which gives Vices a head start in a genre saturated with superficial themes.
The song itself is structured in a typical pop song ensemble; a traditional verse / chorus arrangement infused with groovy bass and upstroke guitar licks. Percussion is performed atmospherically and melodically with an Afro-cuban style. The bass riff is probably the most interesting part of the song – steady and consistent it gives the song its platform, then strays from the path towards the end providing the listener with some very juicy bass runs.
The colloquial Australian accent shines through with passion that embodies bands like The Smith Street Band and The Bennies (some of Drop Leg’s influences).
Vices is a catchy song. Perfect for a party playlist. Although at times I found it to be sporting a “guaranteed to be played on the radio” vibe, I found myself playing it again and again due to its addictive hooks and laid back vibe.
Drop Legs have been killing it nationally and internationally touring from Melbourne to Bali. The band can be found on Triple J Unearthed and their bio line “Just Cruisin’” easily sums up this groovy five-piece from the North Coast of New South Wales. I am definitely interested to see what Drop Legs will be releasing in the future.
This review was written by Bradley Morgan, guitar player by day and harm redution advocate by night.