25 Jul 2017
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Brendon Thomas and The Vibes - EP Review: Wrap You In The Sun

09 Mar 2017 // A review by butch181

It’s always fun to keep an ear out for contestants of broadcasted talent shows, such as The Voice, or New Zealand Idol, as it’s interesting to see whether the shows are able to properly provide the exposure needed to make a career of music, or whether the artists have their 15 minutes of fame and fade into obscurity

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, a three piece hailing from Auckland, made a name for themselves by securing the third position in X Factor New Zealand in 2015, and the only band in X Factor history to make to the grand finale. Fast-forward two years later and they are preparing for the release of their EP, Wrap You In The Sun.

Guitarist and Vocalist Brendon Thomas has certainly gained a lot more confidence since his first appearance in X Factor. With a general smoothness to his voice, he has a similar tone to that of John Mayer or Bruno Mars, with a hint of the power of Lenny Kravitz. The vocals are high energy and clean, which is a refreshing change for the rock genre. Nothing but positive sensations and vigour from the start with the opening track, Let It Fly.

No strangers to rhythm, all three musicians work together to create a bluesy funk that still holds true to rock traditions. Just recently getting some airtime on The Rock FM, Copper Shades has a slow crescendo with a muted verse, and a chorus at full noise, with pace building throughout the track. The track has a rather traditional song structure (intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus-outro), but great use of an extended clean guitar solo that reaches into the adjoining chorus (perhaps some influence from Santana).

Brendon Thomas and the Vibes have provided a variety of music on this EP, from fast and funky, to slow and dominantly vocally melodic. The styles vary from track to track, with many potential influences; Flowers has a clear Bee Gees sound to it, and is also reminiscent of Spandau Ballet’s True. Quieter tracks like Summer’s Winter, which starts off with a veritable display of dissonance and whammy, but is a slow starter, almost ditching the guitars completely to give the feel of acapella performance. It gains pace and volume during the break, almost out of place, but as the listener you are looking out for the guitar performance in each track.

They haven’t rushed this release, and I think they made the right decision in doing so. Wrap You In The Sun is a solid demonstration of their uncompromising ideals, and technical musicianship. 

About Brendon Thomas and The Vibes

Bohemian trio Brendon Thomas and The Vibes, comprised of frontman Brendon Thomas, drummer Timothee Nolier and bassist Michael Anderson teleported from the psychadelic 60’s to our TV screens, auditioning for the sophomore season of The X Factor NZ.

The Auckland-based outfit applied for the show after the announcement of a bands category, a first in the show’s international franchise. After a barnstorming take on Hendrix’s Foxy Lady, Brendon and his stagemates earned themselves a reputation as a live highlight among the show’s top 12.

Wearing their influences (Hendrix, Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Who) on their tassled sleeves, Brendon Thomas and The Vibes made their way to the show’s grand final, putting their signature spin on every song they covered, smashing a few guitars and guiding their debut EP The Eclect to #1 on the NZ iTunes charts.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Brendon Thomas and The Vibes

Releases

Wrap You In The Sun
Year: 2017
Type: EP

Other Reviews By butch181

Gig Review: Dragonforce @ The Kings Arms, Auckland - 01/07/2017
04 Jul 2017 // by butch181
Sitting in the car in the car park, the clouds had let loose a torrent of rain, with 10 minutes until doors open, already there was a line of at least 60 people standing out in the rain waiting to get inside and stake their position up front of the stage.Not long after the crowd has started to filter in, the first opening band takes to the stage, Stormforge.
Read More...
Ravenhall - Single Review: My Love
28 Jun 2017 // by butch181
The artwork for this single is actually a bit out of place. It gives a more intense rock appearance than what the track provides.
Read More...
Album Review: Infinity
15 Jun 2017 // by butch181
Infinity has an angelic calmness to their music. The debut album garners close to an hours worth of material, split into nine tracks, three of which (Infinity, Caris' Land, and Reconnaissance 404) are split further into distinct parts.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Jordan Luck Band @ The Brownzy, Auckland 27/05/2017
09 Jun 2017 // by butch181
Heading into the Browns Bays Brownzy Sports Bar, the anticipation in the air was substantial. The venue was full, the bar was jammed; the only area that didn’t look over capacity was the outdoor smoking area.
Read More...
Gig Review: No Sky @ The Wine Cellar, Auckland 24/05/2017
30 May 2017 // by butch181
On a Wednesday evening I was invited along to an EP release at St Kevin’s Arcade, in the Wine Cellar; one of Auckland’s Karangahape road music venues. The release was an intimate affair, with the audience composed of the musicians, family and friends, and myself.
Read More...
Tablefox - EP Review: Glass Houses
19 May 2017 // by butch181
The Glass Houses EP starts out with an instrumental introduction. A three minute long track that begins with keys and a quiet, gentle and fragile guitar riff, but is then joined by a second louder, more abrupt guitar.
Read More...
Gig Review: Clap Clap Riot @ REC, Auckland, 05/05/2017
14 May 2017 // by butch181
It has been many years since I have heard from Clap Clap Riot. Probably a consequence of listening solely to The Rock FM when it comes to the radio, but with a new release, it seemed like I was overdue checking them out.
Read More...
Gig Review: Head Like A Hole @ Galatos, Auckland 04/05/2017
14 May 2017 // by butch181
Heading in to the venue, it was to be my first gig at Auckland's Galatos venue. Situated not too far away from the now-sold Kings Arms Tavern, and the currently for sale Wine Cellar and Whammy Bar, Galatos is in a prime position.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • DESPACITO (REMIX)
    Luis Fonsi And Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
  • WILD THOUGHTS
    DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna And Bryson Tiller
  • FEELS
    Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry And Big Sean
  • STRIP THAT DOWN
    Liam Payne feat. Quavo
  • THUNDER
    Imagine Dragons
  • I'M THE ONE
    DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper And Lil Wayne
  • UNFORGETTABLE
    French Montana feat. Swae Lee
  • 2U
    David Guetta feat. Justin Bieber
  • MAMA
    Jonas Blue feat. William Singe
  • SLOW HANDS
    Niall Horan
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem