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Veruca Salt’s return a mini-triumph

Mike Thomas

The Bosch”Buy One Get One”Self-releasedStripped down garage rock with horns to boot, The Bosch knows how to have fun. A ska meets garage, meets punk vibe with easygoing, catchy lyrics and no message whatsoever, “Buy One Get One” draws comparisons to music as old as The Stooges or the Clash and as current as The White Stripes and The Vines. Regrettably, The Bosch incorporates snippets of conversations one may find echoing in the back corners of a party into the album. The songs on “Buy One Get One” certainly aren’t of a serious nature, but the “cute” touch this band from Kentucky shoots for only takes away from the music. For a self-released project, “Buy One Get One” sounds great; it would be a surprise if some label didn’t pick up The Bosch next time. Fans of The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand and other modern day garage bands should take note and consider picking this up, but you might have to go to http://www.hbosch.net/music/ to get it. Veruca Salt”Lords of Sound and Lesser Things”VelveteenAfter a bit of a disappearing act, Veruca Salt returns brandishing the quickly vanishing style of guitar-driven, but subtly quiet rock fellow Chicagoans Smashing Pumpkins made ever so popular in the nineties. Lead singer/guitarist/founder Louise Post’s haunting and soulful vocals are as fresh and dynamic as ever and the lyrics resonate with lines like “Let’s do the dance we’ve done before, memorize the map across the floor” and “The supernatural appetite keeps me in knots at night”.Post is clearly the heart and soul of Veruca Salt; her delicate, edgy balance of quiet whispers and exploding staccato is more than welcome in today’s world of one-dimensional rock ‘n’ roll bands. The music alone stands out as well, grasping the hard edges, but also remaining smooth and mellow enough to make “Lords of Sound and Lesser Things” accessible to most any listener. Udora”Liberty Square”Zegruvita MusicWhile it would be a stretch to say Udora’s “Liberty Square” is unique or innovative, the album does have its highlights. Catchy hooks, easy-to-follow riffs, and positive and straightforward lyrics can be found throughout the album. It’s easy to find clichés in most things about this Brazilian post-hardcore outfit’s songwriting and lyrical content, but hard to fault four guys who seem so downright passionate about the music they make. “Fade Away” has Udora at its best, drawing comparisons to Soundgarden, as vocalist/guitarist Gustavo Drummond does his best Chris Cornell impression. Unfortunately Udora relies too heavily on the same played-out chunky beats and predictable breakdowns, while getting wrapped up in accidental clichés. All this makes “Liberty Square” a mixed bag, disappointing at times, but surprisingly rocking at others. Mike Thomas is a freelancer based in the Vail Valley.Vail, Colorado