Despite their heavy retro '60s psycedelic and '90s alternative rock influences, Vassals is a fully modern indie rock outfit. Their quiet-loud dynamic shifts and hazy, atmospheric guitars are enough to evoke indie and psych classics like The Pixies and Jefferson Airplane, without ever borrowing so much as to sound outdated. "There's something I'm forgetting," Spencer Shay repeats over and over again on their latest release, "So-Ho". The single perfectly captures the confusion of the urban dweller, using the dread and disorientation of the weekend atmosphere of So-Ho as a representation of the modern existential crisis. As a group, they've mastered the art of both sonic and emotional build-up and release, which is sure to be a central element of their upcoming Halogen Days EP, set for release in early April. - Andrew Strader
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