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Vintage Crop return with new album June 24h

Kibitzer delves into themes of identity, resilience and acceptance

Geelong’s favourite sons Vintage Crop return this winter with their much-anticipated fourth album, Kibitzer. Running with the  ball that 2020’s “Serve To Serve Again” punted forward, this  album marks another energetic break towards the goal for  Vintage Crop. Kibitzer sees the band define their field of play,  more melodic at times, still bruising, forever droll. These ten  tracks of ‘snappy as elastic’ punk are packed with tensile riffs,  hefty beats and witty refrains of everyman curiosity. 

Kibitzer was written in quick response to their critically lauded  ‘Serve To Serve Again’ album. Harsh guitars, a brutish rhythm  section and a knack for always having the right words at hand  are still abundant, but this time Vintage Crop’s songs expand  upon their forceful nature with greater harmonic arrangement.  It was recorded by Jasper Jolley in one single session on a former apple orchard in Geelong, a backdrop that mirrors the band’s own  organic growth whilst highlighting their willingness to approach capturing their own sound their own way. The album was then mixed and mastered by Mikey Young. 

Kibitzer delves into themes of identity, resilience and acceptance; some of  the more upbeat notions that the band have dealt with to date. ‘Casting  Calls’ opens the record, slamming through the speakers with gusto and  setting the tone for the following 30 minutes. “It’s rolling, we’re rolling,  we’re winding back the tape, we’re getting better with each take” sings  lead songwriter Jack Cherry. Accepting your limitations and taking pride  in your work are key themes on Kibitzer. In fact ideas around learning,   growing and being able to take things in your stride are strongly felt through their entire body of  work.

These themes hit home with the album’s title too, with Cherry feeling that Kibitzer is an apt  way to describe a lot of the band’s focus. “I feel like a lot of our lyrics over the years have been our  unsolicited opinions on other people’s situations, the very definition of the word Kibitzer. So for  this record we wanted to lean into that tendency by acknowledging it and even go as far as  stamping it on the album cover.”  

Musically the band have expanded their palette on this album; exploring a world of rhythmic  harmony and newfound vocal melodies. There’s also greater lyrical elaboration and considered  song structures at play. ‘The Duke’ is a mob of rollicking chants and heavy hitting, catchy to the  core. ‘The Bloody War’ is a more sanguine reflection of tumbling drums, struck chords and shrill keyboard warble. “He’s got the keys to the universe and they’re hanging from his belt loop, his wit is as quick as lightning, his disapproving  gaze is the thunder that follows” pipes Cherry on  ‘Double Slants’, guitars chiming through the hubbub. ‘Hold The Line’ turns the wry  amusement of dealing with cold callers into a fidgety anthem of knowing frustration.

Whilst  ‘Switched Off’ even welcomes the introduction of  horns (courtesy of Heidi Peel) to the group’s  repertoire, ushering in an unexpected serenity  into their tough sound.  

Kibitzer is the giant leap forward Vintage Crop have been striving for; but you don’t need our  unsolicited opinion on that, listen yourself, “put it on repeat”! Kibitzer is proudly released by Anti  Fade records & Upset The Rhythm on LP, CD and digitally on June 24th