Victoria, British Columbia’s VULTURES will release their Hunger EP in early October, unleashing a torrent of crushing, modern, metallic hardcore. With the record closing in on its release, the new single “Rat King” appears as a Claymation video, hosted through a Kerrang! Magazine premiere.
Delivering six tracks that put forth an attack of driving riffs and incendiary finger-pointing in just under twenty minutes, VULTURES’ second EP Hunger was produced, mixed, and mastered by Tim Creviston (Misery Signals, Spiritbox), and fitted with artwork created by Dusty Ray and arranged by Kevin Moore of Soft Surrogate. The EP also includes a guest vocal feature from Larissa Stupar (Venom Prison, Wolf Down).
The quirky Claymation visual accompaniment to “Rat King” was created by Yatka Fedak of Clay Day. With the debut of the debut of the video, the VULTURES crew offers, “Coming in on the heels of our debut video ‘Push’ is our second single release, ‘Rat King’. ‘Rat King’ is a much more straightforward song that puts all its weight on the gas pedal both sonically and lyrically. In fitting with the general theme of Hunger, Rat King tells another story about the effects of substance abuse, this time from the first-person perspective of an addict who is experiencing withdrawal between fixes. There are no subtleties in this track – it’s visceral, dark and blunt.
Visually, we went with a Claymation because the idea of an animated video was very provocative to us. We won’t beat around the bush – this is a silly video, we know. We aren’t caught up in an aesthetic or a persona as a band, and at the end of the day we want to have a good time with what we are doing, which is why we didn’t think twice about it when we saw the finished product. Shout out to our homies Wallace and Grommet.”
Kerrang! writes with the video’s premiere,
“The Victoria, Canada, quartet play the kind of quick, vicious kidney-punching hardcore that’ll have listeners of acts like Demiricous and Himsa slavering for more. Now, the band is preparing to release Hunger, a toothsome new EP full of grinding, destructive mayhem.”
The Hunger EP will see independent release on CD and all digital platforms on October 4th. Preorders packages are now available; view options at the band’s website HERE and see the previously released “Push” video below.
Watch for additional audio samples, videos, and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.
In the wake of this upcoming release, the band is looking to broaden its horizons and make waves worldwide. VULTURES will embark on their largest tour yet in support of the EP. Canadian dates will include notable performances with the likes of Cancer Bats in Victoria September 21st and Despised Icon in Vancouver September 23rd, leading into the band’s first ever foray into the United States. The bulk of the tour begins in Kelowna on October 2nd and runs down the coast and back ending in Seattle on October 21st.
VULTURES – Hunger Release Tour:
9/21/2019 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC w/ Cancer Bats
9/23/2019 Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC w/ Despised Icon
10/02/2019 Munnins Post – BC
10/03/2019 The Industry House – Edmonton, AB
10/04/2019 Black Cat Tavern – Saskatoon, SK
10/05/2019 TBA – Calgary, AB
10/06/2019 Salmo Hotel – Salmo, BC
10/07/2019 Real Art Tacoma – Tacoma, WA
10/08/2019 La Voyeur – Olympia, WA
10/09/2019 Old Nicks Bar – Eugene, OR
10/10/2019 Little Red Lion – Eureka, CA
10/11/2019 The Red Hat – Concord, CA
10/12/2019 Til Two Club – San Diego, CA
10/13/2019 Palo Verde Lounge – Tempe, AZ
10/14/2019 Blacklidge Community Collective – Tucson, AZ
10/15/2019 Old Towne Pub – Pasadena, CA
10/16/2019 Xbar – San Jose, CA
10/17/2019 Virginia Street Brewhouse – Reno, NV
10/18/2019 Concrete Lodge – Redding, CA
10/19/2019 East Side Bar And Grill – Portland, OR
10/20/2019 The Capitol – Bend, OR
10/21/2019 Funhouse – Seattle, WA
VULTURES conveys an unapologetic and visceral energy through their brand of hardcore. With sonic inspirations that include the likes of Converge, Dead And Divine, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the band combines the technicality and bite of metal with the attitude of hardcore punk in order to deliver performances with unrivalled potency and aggression.
Initially playing local DIY house shows as a means of introducing themselves in 2016, VULTURES has since proceeded to support metal heavyweights Enterprise Earth, Fall City Fall, Hideous Divinity, and Depths Of Hatred on a series of Canadian tours, and has shared the stage with eminent groups ’68 and Archspire. VULTURES now prepares to release their second EP Hunger.