The Bodhi Collection
Vinny Vaguess (pronounced “Vegas”) scrapped his first name, picked up a guitar and made rough rock’n’roll recordings on cassette tapes in the lead-up to his latest LP; Sinderlyn put together 21 of his cuts, cleaned them up a tad and called it The Bodhi Collection.
With every song clocking in at less than two minutes and 40 seconds, it plays like a high-energy punk show. Put this record on, shut your eyes, and you easily can picture a sweat-stinking crowd moshing and bopping along. It’s sonically straightforward, but certainly not lacking in attitude, raw, cacophonous and chaotic, the words he’s singing barely audible unless you strain; keep a keen ear and you may hear grody lines like the emetophobic-unfriendly “Cherry-flavoured chunks out your mouth and into mine.” Or better yet, give his video for “Sinkpisser” a gander (note: the title says it all).
The Bodhi Collection is more than just noise, though. Vaguess has a real knack for writing earworm riffs that sound simultaneously fresh and like an ode to time-honoured punk of the past. It’s a satisfying listen, and despite it boasting 21 tracks, it doesn’t feel lengthy or overstretched. Yes, these are simple songs, but each one has a novel quality, whether it’s an unusual bass run or addictive vocal melody. Simplicity is often the most difficult thing to accomplish in music, but Vaguess achieves it with seeming ease. (Sinderlyn)