You won't hear them on radio stations that feature endless Blink 182 clones, and they postponed live tour plans to help score a film based on their album and begin work on a second album. But a following is quietly building, and they remain one of the best-kept secrets in the Indie-Goth/Modern Rock underground. Vicious isn't the kind of album that features one good song among a disc full of 'suck'. If you're looking for an album where every song sounds identical or sticks to a consistent genre, look elsewhere. Vicious leads you through an ever-changing often cinematic experience. No wonder that an Atlanta based indie film producer discovered them and is currently filming a psychological thriller based on their music. The female-fronted trio's debut offers bizarre and varied influences: distorted vocals of Curve, house beats and foreign clips of European techno, classic Blondie and Beastie Boys punk sounds, Pink Floyd styled vocals complete with Careful With That Axe Eugene reminiscent screams, cinematic strings of Bond films' John Barry, and frighteningly eerie synth atmospheres a la Wendy Carlos' orchestration for The Shining. No, they are definitely not the typical indie rock band. They're the kind of band that you want to keep as your secret, letting others stagnate to boring 'open mic night' acoustics and post-pubescent college boys screaming about their 'difficult lives' growing up in upper class suburbia. Deviance Down remembers why people used to buy albums, the kind you listened to from start to finish over and over again. Or the roots of Alternative, when you found all the really cool bands that no one else knew about because they were still listening to corporate controlled stations. Admittedly, they aren't for everyone. And that's pretty much by design. Lucky are the few who get it.
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