Vacation Bible School

Ruined The Scene

Written by: PP on 29/01/2012 12:35:03

Vacation Bible School are a lesser known punk band from the Illinois region that I picked up solely because of their funky band name. More proof that your band name helps you get attention if chosen wisely. "Ruined The Scene" is their debut album, and one that should help them reach at least some recognition in the no-frills punk scene.

Why, you ask? Well, for starters, they sound a little bit like The Dopamines, The Copyrights, The Hextalls, etc, if you gave those bands a slight Midwestern punk twist to their sound. You know, the rawer and more passionately delivered vocals, gruffer instrumental base, and that sort of thing. At heart, they are still a no-frills, easy-going punk rock band, though. A song like "Mailbox Of Matches", for instance, wouldn't feel out-of-place on a Dopamines album.

With that comes one benefit: the songs are just damn easily likable, and there are no surprises to be had on the album. What you see is what you get, so to say. The songs are decent, with a few good sing alongs in the songs mentioned below, but as a whole "Ruined The Scene" can be a little hit-and-miss, with a few anonymous songs hanging out in between the solid tracks. That said, this is a fine debut, and a good foundation on which to build upon for future releases.

Download: Can I Take Your New World Order?, Nobody Home (You-Know-Who Ruined The Scene), Mailbox Of Matches
For the fans of: The Dopamines, The Copyrights, The Hextalls
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 23.08.2011
Underground Communique Records

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