Sound Of Our Town spotlight: Vundabar spring up from the underground


Welcome to the first in a week-long series of spotlights profiling the bands and artists performing at Sound Of Our Town 2, a collaborative effort between the Boston Music Awards and Vanyaland. This second-annual party — another free, all-ages event designed to showcase our city’s vibrant music scene — goes down Thursday, September 24 at the Lawn On D in the Seaport District (420 D Street), next to the Convention Center and on the edge of South Boston. The party is co-presented by Narragansett Brewing Company and features performances by Tribe Society, Ruby Rose Fox, Bearstronaut, Will Dailey, Vundabar, Oh Malo, Mikey Holland’s American Denim and special guests, sets by DJ Ninja B and the Floorlords, and is hosted by MC Moe Pope. For more information and constant updates, click here.


Vundabar has been one of the best-kept secrets for some time in two places of equally relative importance: The Allston DIY scene and Europe. The guitar-rock trio, which formed when its members were young lads back in high school, is no real secret any longer after the summer release of new LP Gawk, a rich, sludgy bouncy ball of rock and roll recorded at Medford’s Mystic Valley Analog Recording Studio. The album spawned a greatest-hits-like series of killer tracks, like “Chop” and “Darla,” which among the rest have found their way into ears across the globe.

Writes VICE: “It’s a thoughtful, post-punk thing with angular guitars and bleeding with hooks.” And writes the Fader: “The new video for their song ‘Oulala,’ a rush of clattering guitar and sludgy melodies, documents… the unhinged thrift store stop, pit stops to pick up buckets of cheeseballs, late night dips in the ocean, and parking lot tomfoolery galore.” And Consequence Of Sound: “Boston has been churning out a slew of exciting indie rock bands in recent years. While many of these acts hang on angular minor chords, Vundabar stands out from the DIY crowd thanks to a jangly lean on pop sounds.”


Vundabar have already toured Europe extensively, maybe playing more shows across the Atlantic than in their home country, but us lazy Americans are quickly getting hip to the infectious sounds. Check out a sampling of Vundabar tunes below, including one of their first cuts, the quick-step vertical-pop jam “Greenland,” which was spun to death back in the WFNX late-night days of the early 2010’s…



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