Voxhaul Broadcast | Timing Is Everything
Most Likely To: destroy your “repeat” button.
As man who makes a living describing things with words, I was particularly disturbed when I found it exceedingly difficult to write about the latest Voxhaul Broadcast album. It seems that after listening to it, there was a run on the adjective bank and I had been left speechless.
Yes, this album is that good.
In the interest of full disclosure, Voxhaul Broadcast has been one of my favorite bands for some time now, and so like a greedy child eager to open his Christmas presents, I’ve waited for their debut album, Timing Is Everything.
This Southern California quartet has quickly become the indie darlings of Los Angeles and for good reason. With each of their EPs, Voxhaul Broadcast has gotten progressively better, so it’s no surprise their debut album will make your speakers spontaneously combust. Blending heavy doses of southern blues with soul and garage rock, this album howls goodness for thirteen glorious tracks.
Rather than deliver what you expect, each song surprises you as the band has chosen to actively explore a variety of sounds and influences ranging from the whimsical and catchy indie anthems of “Leaving on the 5th” and “Blackout,” the indie summer party anthem “Cheetah,” and the psychedelic meandering guitar melodies of “Loose Change.”
However, the foundation of their sound is without a doubt hard-driving, guitar-dominated soulful blues, which is on full display on “Junkyard Dog” and “Steal The Diamonds,” perhaps one of the best songs on an album filled with noteworthy tracks.
The slow, libidinous funk of “Steal the Diamonds” is a unique standout that will have you nodding your head savagely to the beat. In a bit of a departure from their usual sound, Voxhaul Broadcast opts to blend the raw sexual energy of Prince at his best with rugged rock and roll. David Dennis coos hypnotically in a falsetto while a flurry of guitar lines sear your brain like a laser. Timing Is Everything is pure, unfettered blues rock steeped in dirty sensual soul.
It’s truly difficult to pick, but other standouts include “No Better Reason,” “Rotten Apples,” “The Echo,” “Why Not?,” and “Loose Change.” For a debut album, this sets the bar pretty damn high, so I wish the lads the best of luck in topping their first effort. Although if they managed to pull off such a killer album, I have every bit of faith in their ability to continue coming up with mind-blowing aural goodies.
Watch the video for “Leaving on the 5th” by Voxhaul Broadcast: