EP Review: The Vaughns – tomfoolery

Chelsea Conte November 30, 2015 New Music, Reviews No Comments

The Vaughns

One thing is for sure; The Vaughns do not slow down. Playing gigs all across New Jersey for the past year, this four-piece band is ready to make their mark. The Vaughns released their self-titled debut EP in August 2014, leaving them room and time to work on their next album, tomfoolery. The Vaughns’ second EP dropped on October 24th of this year and it is hella good.

You can hear a shift in their sound this time around. When you indulge in the album, you would never be able to tell the band formed not too long ago. The sound evoked on tomfoolery is mature and confident, with Anna Lies’ vocals penetrating their way through the music. When listening keep your ears alert to catch glimpses of Courtney Barnett and the White Stripes at times.

The band stated, “the main goal in recording tomfoolery was to capture the raw live sound,” and they did just that. The grittiness echoes throughout the six tracks just enough to give it an edgier vibe. From the hard-hitting “What’s Cooking
and “Willoughby” to the slowed down coo of “Please Don’t Take Offense,” each song is slightly different than the rest while still retaining a cohesive album feel.

One thing that truly shines through about tomfoolery is the backup vocals. It’s not overly frequent but when they hit, they accentuate and add something spectacular to an already catchy tune. On the raucous closing track, “Willoughby,” it leaves the listener wanting more. With the songs marching drums and cooing vocals, you know the band means business.

The Vaughns recorded tomfoolery at Cannon Found Soundation in Union City with Mike Oettinger and Jesse Cannon. You can totally appreciate the musicianship that went into the EP with Anna Lies’ throaty croons, David Cacciatore’s catchy hooks, Tom Losito’s bellowing bass, and Ryan Kenter’s powerhouse drums.

If you’re feeling festive, grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and check out The Vaughns at SIMGE’s Holiday party alongside Lowlight, Roadside Graves, Dentist and Delsea on December 18 at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Stream The Vaughns’ tomfoolery below.

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Chelsea Conte is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication. She's a freelance writer based in New Jersey who enjoys running, making bad puns and eating macaroni and cheese. Follow her @chelseaconte

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