The Brisbane garage pop-rockers are back with another choice tune called ‘Ramona’.
Continuing their trend of single with girls names, ‘Ramona’ is a welcome return to the airwaves for Velociraptor. Armed with a plentiful supply of back up harmonies, abundant reverb and that care-free poppy vibe that has almost become a staple in Velociraptor numbers, ‘Ramona’ is a more than welcoming track on the ears. Although lacking the punch of previous tunes such as ‘Cynthia’ or even some of Jeremy Neale’s singles, the chilled vibes of ‘Ramona’ is certainly to my liking, and left me keen for more Raptors releases.
Jeremy Neale hails from a garage in Brisbane, and has just released the low-fi reverb driven pop gold number ‘In Stranger Times‘ featuring Go Violets.
Jeremy Neale is perhaps better known of late for fronting the viscous 12 piece fuzz rock outfit, Velociraptor, and you can definitely hear some similar vibes running into ‘In Stranger Times’. Obviously, the fact that the vocals sound identical is assured, but it is clear Jeremy Neale has a love for fuzzy, reverb tinged garage sounds. It is also apparent that Neale is a pretty relaxed guy, and the chilled nature of ‘In Stranger Times’ with its more than a hint of slacker-rock vibes doing good things for both my ears and my mind. Yeah, and the term garage rock royalty and Neale is also been thrown around a fair bit. I get the feeling it’s a pretty appropriate adjective, ‘In Stranger Times’ is the goods.
Queenslands small 12-piece orchestra known as Velociraptor are back with another energetic indie tune called ‘Riot’.
On the Velociraptor scale of rock, ‘Riot’ sits mid way between the casual 70s vibe of ‘Cythnia’ and their earlier more Hives-like rock of ‘Sleep With The Fishes’. The chanting vocals on the crux lyric “Riot” are pretty sweet, as are the screeching guitars and thumping drums. Its a classic rock track, with the group dynamics of having 12 members all pulling their weight in the backing vocals giving it that extra punch. ‘Riot’ also has a freaking awesome comic book inspired video clip, that even pays a little homage to their earlier single ‘Cynthia’, as well as featuring some unknown superheroes who resemble Mexican wrestlers. Nacho Libre, is that you?
With two singles having dropped this year, one hopes that a new EP or album isn’t far off.
If you have seen Jurassic Park (specifically Jurassic Park 2) you would know that Velociraptors hunt in packs in the long grass, and it appears the same applies to some musicians such as 12 piece Brisbane outfit Velociraptor.
Whilst they aren’t hunting, they are making some of the most hard hitting and energetic indie rock tunes this side of the cretaceous period. Citing the Hives as one of their influences, it easy to see the impact they had on this band, particularly in the tracks ‘Sleep with the Fishes’ and ‘In the Springtime’, off their debut self titled EP from 2010.
In 2012, the band have released a new single ‘Cynthia’ and the Hives-esque sound has disappeared and been replaced with some retro 70s style indie rock, duly acknowledged in their videoclip. The reverb soaked guitars are back, along with the tambourines and bouncy baselines, in a fun tune about their summer fling called ‘Cynthia’. The choir of vocals sounds awesome, but its the bass line that gets me totally engrossed. The opening riff makes me feel warm inside and holds my attention for the whole track, whilst the rest of the instruments combine to leave me feeling totally satisfied. Its an amazing track and I really like the new direction the band took.
Given the long time between releases, I am hopeful that this single is the first course with an album to follow. Regardless do your best to try and catch Velociraptor as they tour the country for the release of ‘Cynthia’, and in support of DZ Deathrays – if not for the music, just to see how 12 people can fit and play on stage.