The Vics met in late 2015 attending California University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after, they merged into the Pittsburgh music scene through their self-released EP “Sparrow” and self-titled album in 2017. The band has since evolved taking all the appropriate risks on their two new singles, “Fourth and Clay” and “Proud”, without destroying the chemical makeup of their established existence. Their previous musical experiences paired with their renewed perspectives not only solidify their status as one of the better alternative rock acts in the underground, but signals that they’re here for more than just a couple of songs.
The jangling guitars, the big chanting vocal interludes, and the epic Baroque-styled arrangement on “Fourth and Clay”, are about as far away from a mainstream pop act as it’s possible to be. But if you scratch the surface a little you’ll notice a few parallels – the refined nature of the songwriting, the urge towards a great hook, and a killer melody.
The truth is The Vics is an indie rock band that resembles free spirited youth and continues to grace the music stage with songs that are quirky, fun and downright catchy. Their latest tracks show the band’s growth and progression since getting their start in the music industry.
The Vics sound isn’t as raw and rough as when they first started. Though their earlier songs were great to listen to, it’s nice to see the change and the ebbs and flows that the band has endured. The band’s new music has a “radio ready” feel which is a sign of maturity and awareness.
Each of their tracks holds a unique, distinctive mood that displays the band’s level of depth. Their ability to make their sound their own is enough to leave you tongue tied. As their music progresses, the band continues to paint a colorful, vibrant picture for their audience through their lyrics and sound.
“Proud” switches away from the almost singalong exuberance of “Fourth and Clay”. Retaining a strong indie vibe, The Vics, deliver a steady progression throughout the entirety of the song that’s carried beautifully by the drums and guitar.
The lyrics are not only well-written but are very vivid and poetic: “A letter left with the house turned sideways. Not even shut while the light sneaks by the door. I rarely bet cause the odds play mind games. But I know you left because we’ve gone through this before.” This is a song that despite its slower tempo and aura of restraint, immediately caught my attention from the very first note.
It reminds me of track that you would hear at the end of a heartbreaking movie, as the credits are rolling. Very melodic, graceful, and emotional, strangely it’s a song that makes you want to sway and nod your head as the tune plays, while your heart hangs heavy with sadness.
The Vics write from a place of pure honesty and vulnerability on “Proud” that makes it not only enjoyable but highly relatable. However their spirited, casual, yet insightful nature remains intact with “Fourth and Clay”, reminding me why I love indie music so much. Together these tracks deliver big musical moments, and enough lyrical substance for serious contemplation.