(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
Back in early March, the ‘Champion 100′ EP come tumbling out of the Toronto based band VYPERS.
Comprised of four fantastic tracks built upon a psych-fuzz heavy style of garage rock, VYPERS – vocalist / guitarist Nic Waterman, guitarist / vocalist Liam Cosby, bassist / vocalist Pat Lefler, and drummer Damien Florio – deliver some damn fine goods here by way of Fishbum Records.
Heady and quite grounded in a Lo-Fi mode of transport, songs like the chunky uptempo start up “Mr. Girl” and its follow up, “Made Of Stone“, are absolutely enthralling. The profanity-laden latter cuts’ slower grooves roll forth with a solidly hypnotic pace, delving deep into bits of psychedelic blues at times, while the song’s guitars are stellar.
That tendency to entrance the listener is nearly an ever-present constant in this music really, as further evidenced on “Deepsave” and the album closing high point, “Reaper“. Their simmering emissions are a subtle hook that slowly pierce themselves in your flesh, embedding there with such exquisite emanations it is nigh impossible to resist.
Why would you? Let VYPERS sink their aural fangs into your skull and soul simultaneously with the “Champion 100” EP. You can also find streaming and purchase options for it at Bandcamp HERE.
On an added note, “Champion 100” is a limited edition 10″ release from Fishbum Records and each single one is quite unique, a one-of-a-kind item. It is such because each one is handmade in real time using a record cutting lathe, where a single master lathe cutter hand cuts every record then hand etches its individual catalog number into each side of the album. Every vinyl package is hand folded, cut and glued with care, every center label on every vinyl record is placed by hand. The EP is truly a handmade, DIY type gift.