It’s been a bit of a turbulent few years for Violet. Since signing with Small Town Records back in the Spring of 2012, the band have had their fair share of ups and downs; re-releasing their ‘The Brightside’ EP, support slots on tours with the likes of A Lot Like Birds and Dance Gavin Dance, and several member changes to name but a few things. Now, with September 2014 at our doorstep and a seemingly stable line-up in place, we finally have Violet‘s debut album, ‘The Love / The Lust’.
Picking up from where ‘The Brightside’ left off, we now have a clean vocalist in the form of Jordan Samuel, holding a talented tenor range that could easily see him stand toe-to-toe with such genre contemporaries as Jonny Craig and Tyler Carter. Charlie Bass‘ erratic screams are much more weighty, hoarse and seemingly off the cuff.
The songwriting and instrumentation seems far more concise and helps mould ‘The Love / The Lust’ into more of one body of work than ‘The Brightside’ did. This is much more of an album that is meant to sound like an album, and it shows.
‘Expectations. Reality.’ and ‘Girls Like You’ really allow us to see Samuel‘s impressive talents, and the tag team work ethic with Bass has never been stronger than it is in ‘…As Children’. ‘The Old Die Young’ is another noteworthy addition, chiming out with one of the most memorable climaxes the band have produced to date.
Ultimately, what ‘The Love / The Lust’ successfully achieves is representing Violet as underdogs on the UK circuit who warrant more success, but keep hitting potholes on the road to wherever they’re going. This is an album that has been in the making for a long time, with ‘Daydreamer’ making appearances as early as Hit The Deck Festival in 2012. Only time will tell what this record grants them.
Written by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)