If you’ve never heard of this band before, seeing the band name Miss Vincent and an EP called ‘Creepy’ might be instantly off-putting but, never fear, this certainly isn’t a teenage emo band; Miss Vincent are a little known punk rock gem, sounding like Alkaline Trio little brother with a touch of Less Than Jake’s bounciness thrown in for good measure.
Having just completed a UK tour, the unsigned band are slowly but surely gaining a small but devoted fan base and, by the time you hear this EP, you could well become a fan too. For the last few years, the majority of bands coming out of the south, while great, only just avoid sounding a little too much like each other. Miss Vincent are breaking the mould, however, as their old punk sound still manages to sound contemporary and they fill a space in the music industry made just for them.
‘Deadlock’ begins with escalating drums, heading straight into a brilliant mix of toe-tapping cymbals, bouncing guitars and easy-listening vocals from lead singer Alex Marshall. It’s that combination of authentic punk guitars and lyrics combined with poppier singing and upbeat melodies that has served so many bands so well. ‘I Don’t Want This’ takes a slightly darker approach, with angry whispering over the top of part of the track, but rushes through like a train not stopping at the station, never losing any energy.
Sounding more and more upbeat as the tracks go on, ‘Planning To Fail’ could easily slot in to any ska-punk band’s discography but the band still only sound like themselves, rather than poor copycats. ‘Carry On’ and ‘Testing Times’ are just more of the same. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though, at only five tracks long, there’s no time to get bored or want to skip any tracks; it’s just a great punk rock record.