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No Vacancies : Bad Habits

Mancunian Indie Rock n’ Roll, No Vacancies, bring avalanches of raw vocals and easy sounds in their debut EP, Bad Habits. Having recently released this new album via their record label, 76 records, it’s clear in most of the tracks, that they have carefully aimed to curate their own sound and ensure that it’s exactly how they wanted it to be, prior to releasing it. They claim to play music which “gets arses off seats”, and I’d say that the album certainly does just that.

The opening to the EP features Bad Habits, the title track of the record. A notably long, breezy intro with steady guitarship and slightly stripped back vocals, the track gives a taster of what’s to come later in the EP; a rather shy initiation which eases the listener into their musical intentions.

Next comes the sunny Those Days, a slightly more upbeat track than its predecessor. It reminds me of the type of song which is playing as you hop into a mates’ car to go for a drink, and end up loudening it immediately; inevitably turning to said mate and asking them what the track is, and who it’s by. It’s one of those summer tunes which I can see becoming a go-to for hanging around in a back garden with a pint. Airy, enjoyable, and upbeat.

Following on from this beer-garden anthem, is the rockin’ Mollywhich takes a significantly different tone to the previous tracks on the EP. Wasting no time in asserting their rock n’ roll mien to the absolute zenith, the piece begins with a riff which sets up the foundation for ploughing the listener through it like a steam train which is borderline combusting; the heat continuously rising until it grinds to a sudden halt, leaving you breathless (no pun intended – see fourth track on the album). It’s probably my favourite track on there, owing to its definitive, confident lyricism and head-rocking baseline. If there’s one track on the album which gets arses off seats, then there’s no doubt that this one would be it.

The EP concludes with the elusive Breathe – which provides a thoughtful comedown from the energetic aggression of Molly. Despite the first three tracks being well-crafted and thought out, I found the final one to be quite on the contrary to this; throughout listening, I was slightly confused in regards to what they were aiming to articulate. Nevertheless, it was a tranquil track which is enjoyable if you’re not too concerned about sharp lyrics which make a ton of sense…

Overall, it was a crackin’ debut. The upcomingband have most definitely got their head screwed on – it’s recognisable that they’ve formulated this EP to sound exactly how they wanted it to, and impressively so, for a first one!