ALBUM REVIEW - Kill Vargas "TUNNEL VISION"

Album Review by Torin Andersen Recorded by Scott Spriggs @ Naughty Dog Studio Album Art by Andrew Stephens Release March 10th, 2017 Naughty Dog Records Listen/Download Apple Music Spotify

Album Review by Torin Andersen
Recorded by Scott Spriggs
Naughty Dog Studio
Album Art by Andrew Stephens
Release March 10th, 2017
Naughty Dog Records

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Charged up and ripping out the speakers, Kill Vargas' newest release, TUNNEL VISION, spreads like a wildfire from your ears to the extent of your limbs. Immediately catchy and filled to the brim with confidence, this 6 song/24 minute follow up to GOUGE/ITS FOR THE BEST is just as strong and you get 3 times more songs. Not to be confused with getting more of the same—no, it’s of the same quality but this trio is not done pushing the boundaries of their capabilities.

The album opener, “Tunnels”, is a churning, squawking, riff-tastic punk jam that says, "I don’t want you to leave me!” Kill Vargas make it easy to stick around for the rest of TUNNEL VISION.

Like the album's name would suggest, Kill Vargas is focused and determined to lodge themselves in your psyche with unforgettable guitar hooks.  A prime example is their single, “Anyways”, which sounds like a ladder-climbing distorted guitar. Keen on harmonies and a pop sensibility, “Anyways” will stick with you from spring break (the weekend of their CD release) through your summer road trip plans.

Combine brothers Griffin (guitar-vocals) and Logan (drums) Bush with bassist Austin Engler, and Kill Vargas forms a sum larger than it’s parts and it is a sound to follow.  The production of TUNNEL VISION is loud, in your face and ready to grab your attention, as best exemplified by the racing third track, “I Won’t.”  It’s a 3 minute blast-and-a-half.

“Absolute Zero” works the garage rock angle and “Young Love” conjures a bit of a saloon sound, though none of these youngins are of drinking age yet.  Determined to get out ahead of their the game early in life, Kill Vargas employ extensive tour campaigns in support of their releases and plan to do so for TUNNEL VISION as well.

The album closer “Follow My Head” picks the tempo back up and the rubber hits the pavement smoking.  This must-hear release peels down the road locked in a tunnel vision with nowhere to go but forward.

Be at their March 17th CD release at Mead’s Corner for the best Wichita all ages event to kick off your spring break.