Sydney rock band The Vines have sold over two million albums worldwide, with the debut album reaching the top 10 in the US, Japan, UK & Australia.
Starting out in 2002, The Vines exploded into prominence alongside with The Strokes and The White Stripes and a resurgence in glamorous rock music.
The Vines scored the fabled cover of NME five times in 2002 and became the first Australian band in 21 years to be on the prestigious cover of the US magazine the Rolling Stone (the prior artist was ‘Men At Work’).
The Vines incendiary and unpredictable live show went to the top of the “best of” polls Glastonbury & Coachella, and infamous TV performances on the David Letterman show and Jay Leno added to the bands notoriety.
The Vines release in 2014, Wicked Nature is a double-album spilling over with melodies and ideas and attitude, WICKED NATURE is very much a work in two parts.
WICKED NATURE Pt 1 was recorded with ARIA-award-winning producer Paul McKercher [You Am I, Augie March]in Sydney’s Rancom Studios. It was while the band was mixing Pt 1 that they jammed up the songs for Pt 2. The trio thenheaded across town to the cosier confines of Jungle Studios with in-house engineer Lachlan Mitchell where they recorded and mixed Pt 2 in five days - that’s two songs a day.
Yet, ironically, it’s WICKED NATURE Pt 1 that is the more rock of the two records. After a deceptive choral overture, it bursts into the manic and hypnotic first single, “Metal Zone” [“Stone in my metal zone, I take rock & roll to get radical”], and the record doesn’t take a breath until about halfway through when the mood loosens up - only slightly - with a string of open-hearted/open-chorded epic rock pop songs: “Anything You Say”, “Venus Fly Trap” and the instant timeless classic, “Good Enough”. Just before the end, we get “Wicked Nature”, the song that started it all, and it’s such a big song that it manifests its own time warp. Only then do we quietly fall “Into The Fire”, WICKED NATURE Pt 1 at it’s most contemplative.
It’s that mood which pervades WICKED NATURE Pt 2. It feels dreamier, less aggro, perhaps a little lighter, although it opens with a ’60s-flavoured bopper with the heaviest of titles in “Reincarnation”. It still totally rocks out in places (“Everything Else”), but at the heart of Pt 2 is a set of immaculate, magical mid-paced musings (“Truth”, “Slightly Alien”,“Fly Away” and “Clueless”), before we are finally farewelled with “Funny Thing”, which lays out the final word on the whole matter of this Wicked Nature (“I know what it takes but I threw is out to be worlds away on a wicked sound”).