2017-07-08 GER – Halle, Mach Festival
It was the first chords of their debut album that already caught our ears. A strange intimacy seems palpable. This band with the french sounding name VAGUE produce a well elaborated sound that – rightfully so – is often compared to the golden years of the early 80s to early 90s of underground rock music. Their gloomy postpunk references, distorted guitar surfaces and cool-headeddly whispered melodies impress not only the nostalgic. Pressing yet smooth. That is “In The Meantime”.
VAGUE are five young men from Vienna, stumbling around the narrower paths of life, staying off the main roads and avoiding big gestures. Serenity is one of their trademarks on stage. Buried in heavy distortion, knowledgeable in three decades of tasteful guitar music and, might I add, not unhandsome, they are called VAGUE and they are dignifying the _song_ itself. Blurry and melancholic, full of energy, 80’s-90’s and canny, effortlessly designed and devotedly performed: VAGUE exemplify, what other bands will not understand: you cannot get in the way of the pop song itself.