Words & Photos by Greg Jacobs

The Name:

Wikipedia says: “A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.” Much like a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese or an implausibility of gnus.

The Pedigree:

It’s kinda silly to call this band a supergroup, not because the band isn’t great (because they are), but supergroup just sounds so lame. But, every person in A Vulture Wake played or plays in other bands. They’ve all had success and toured the world and, as a New Noise reader, I would think (hope) you would be familiar with all of their previous projects … So here goes: Chad Price – vocals (ALL and Drag The River), Joe Raposo – bass (Lagwagon, RKL), Brandon Landelius – (Authority Zero) and Sean Sellers – drummer (Good Riddance, The Real McKenzies).

The Show:

Lately, it seems the bands are slowing down their tempos and getting sensitive at the rock shows I go to. Not A Vulture Wake. These guys play hard and fast with musicianship well above the level you might expect to see in a pizza parlour / rock venue on a Friday night in Long Beach. They have great melodies and catchy hooks – call it pop-punk if you need a label. There are elements of pop buried in there, but also so much more. The best elements of their previous bands creep in, but this is a band that can stand on its own merits. They are not relying on their history to impress you; they know they have a grip of great songs and they’re here to kick your ass (musically, that is).

The Other:

A Vulture Wake recorded a record at Bill Stevenson’s (Descendents/ALL) studio The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO. It should be mixed soon and there will undoubtedly be labels lining up to release it. Do you hear me Epitaph, Fat, SideOne\ Dummy?

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