- 30 Dec 18
Vulpynes hit all the right notes on Friday at The Underground with rigour and raw energy, reminiscent of early 90’s riot girl punk rock.
Tonight's venue resembles a narrow war bunker - dank, dimly lit, a little gritty and the perfect setting for the abrasive rock duo Vulpynes. We’re neck deep in the Christmas and New Years haze - when days meld into one and time becomes one long clusterfuck of excessive eating and crusty loungewear but that hasn’t stopped the sizeable metal heavy crowd from coming out to support one of the most talked about Irish acts of this year.
“Thanks for coming out at an awkward time of year” chimes Maeve, whose onstage persona as a feisty no nonsense lead woman belies her soft spoken and charismatic personality.
It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for the two-piece punk noisemakers, Maeve Molly on vocals and guitar and Kaz on drums, whose gruelling gig schedule has seen them perform at home and abroad along with a sell out show in Whelans. Despite only being active for two years, the pair have garnered tremendous praise from the release of their self titled EP, appeared on countless ‘must watch’ music lists along with having their newest single ‘2 cents’ named as one of Dan Hegarty’s songs of the year. As if that wasn’t enough, these rock queens have secured a slot at the prestigious European music showcase Eurosonic in Groningen, Netherlands in January 2019.
Surrounded by family, friends and a growing base of ardent supporters, Vulpynes took to the stage and plunged straight into ‘Bitches Are Like Waves’ which saw the mosh pit in the front lunge forward and undulate for the duration of their set. By the time the pair got into ‘2 Cents’, a song “about every negative bastard in your life” Maeve’s guttural voice, incisive lyrics and base heavy distorted guitar was perfectly punctuated with Kaz pummelling the skins with momentum building drums that you could set your watch to.
“How does it make you feel, does it make you feel weak?”
From the get go, Vulpynes grabbed the audience by the throat with a dark and dirty wall of noise and didn’t let go. On Silica, we got an explosion of gnarly riffs that would make Josh Homme blush and loud angry drums that purred like a rusty chainsaw. In a recent interview, Vulpynes have been clear about their intentions, they’re a live performance rock thrash band who want to bring angry music back into the mainstream and from Fridays set it’ll only be a matter of time before we’re all moshing our heads in tandem. These gals are firmly keeping the hard rock flame in Dublin lit.