Vue – Find Your Home

Vue
Find Your Home

Wow, this band is making some serious progress. Since they earned a seat on a full US Holiday Matinee tour with The Faint, Vue have one-upped themselves with their newest release, Find Your Home. I won’t lie and say it doesn’t hurt to have a few good looking folks in a band (I don’t mean just the boys!) and clearly use them in the artwork, and it also doesn’t hurt to appear on a label with bands like The Murder City Devils and Red House Painters and even Nirvana’s Bleach. With five members equipped with keyboards, guitars, and the ultimate attitude for the history of rock and roll, this band has set out to provide some of the sounds, genres, and feelings most of us miss with today’s listening.
What you get is a well-rounded and -produced, fun, and straight-forward mix of rock, jazz, Australian tendencies, blues, and more rock. Another heart-warming thing to see is that this indie band includes lyrics inside the insert that unfolds into a nice little vintage yellowed poster. The song titles create enough curiosity in their odd titles, reminiscent of The Cure’s songs. There is an obvious 60s, 70s, and early 80s feel to this LP that makes it hard to believe it is a current work. It’s very tight, very close, and very refreshingly uncarrying of that out of time feel. A lot of bands attempts to go back. This one pulls it off.
Vue has a very Bob Dylan quality with a Lou Reed attitude. If you’ve seen them live, this statement follows through. You can imagine singer/guitarist Rex dancing around like this generation’s Jim Morrison with a touch of Mick Jagger. The sounds are thick with drumming and strong guitar riffs behind a fun and fast-paced texture of smooth tracks. A lot of Saturdays waking up to sunshine and family visits with possibly older company would find this album motivating a productive day. It’s a get up and move type of thing. However, it does have the organ-inclusive, blistering-with-sex-appeal “Falling Through A Window”.
This LP tends to cover a lot more ground then previous material released by the band in a good display of progressive all-around rock. There are catchy, Suede-like brit-rock songs with great hooks such as “People On The Stairs,” and then there are songs rich with retro spunk. It’s refreshing, more today’s yesterday, and it fills in a mood where bands today have a hard time getting to, and sometimes older bands have grown old or just don’t entail the corisma that today’s technology offers. I’m completely in love with “We’ve Already Got Our Minds Made Up for You,” a track so Bob Dylan/Velvet Underground like it hurts. It’s a beautifully sung, interesting rock star song in every form, and it’s familiar enough to grab on. This is a great releases as well as everything a growing band should be proud of.