19 Nov 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: Written By Wolves @ Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland - 3/11/2017
11 Nov 2017 // by butch181
Heading into the Kings Arms Tavern and immediately you can tell there is something different. It doesn’t take long to see what everyone is looking at and discussing; more lighting, an extended stage with a “runway”, additional floor toms on the side-of-stage, and what appeared to be some gas cannons attached to some rather large CO2 bottles.
Read More...
Gig Review: Pennywise @ The Studio, Auckland 07/11/2017
09 Nov 2017 // by butch181
Turning up to The Studio venue, and you can’t help but be impressed at how well things had been put together to this point. Bringing an international band to NZ, and selling out a venue with a capacity of somewhere around 1000-1200, on a Tuesday night, with the gig announcement only two weeks before the show was penned down to happen.
Read More...
Gig Review: Apollo SteamTrain @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
Gig Review: Remote @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
Gig Review: Coridian @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Eternal Sea @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
Gig Review: Play Big @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated. RockFest 2017 Feature  The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
Gig Review: Deathnir @ RockFest 2017, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui - 28/10/2017
04 Nov 2017 // by butch181
RockFest 2017 was held at Totara Street in Tauranga on 28 October 2017in support of the local Cancer Society, with all profits being donated.RockFest 2017 Feature The drive from Auckland had been long, but the constant rain had led to a reduction in traffic, which made the drive to Tauranga very pleasant.
Read More...
View All Articles By butch181

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • ROCKSTAR
    Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • HAVANA
    Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug
  • TOO GOOD AT GOODBYES
    Sam Smith
  • DON'T GIVE IT UP
    Six60
  • I FALL APART
    Post Malone
  • SILENCE
    Marshmello feat. Khalid
  • WHAT LOVERS DO
    Maroon 5 feat. SZA
  • NEW RULES
    Dua Lipa
  • FEEL IT STILL
    Portugal. The Man
  • YOUNG, DUMB AND BROKE
    Khalid
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