Violent Soho = Nineties Revival?

I’ve always believed that pop culture tends to be on a twenty year cycle.  When I was in grade school in the early to mid 1990’s, I noticed a late sixties and early seventies revival.  People were snatching up lava lamps and beaded curtains, finding fashion in corduroy, and some folks went as far as to try to bring back bellbottoms.

As the year 2000 came and we worked our way well into “the oughts,”  the excess of the 1980’s seemed to be returning to the surface.  Clothing progressively got more outlandish (Just to let you know ladies: leg warmers didn’t look good on girls in the eighties, and they don’t look good on you now.) and for some god awful reason people began to find enjoyment and merit in the ear-raping sounds generated by bands like Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, and Van Halen.  You know, Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, and the Descendents put out albums in the eighties. Why couldn’t we have revisited that?

So now it’s 2010, and perhaps we have something to look forward to.  I know a lot people turn up their noses to nineties-grunge-era music, but I don’t know a whole lot of people who genuinely hate Soundgarden or would mind if the next Kurt Cobain came along breathing new life into music.  Well folks, the ball’s already rolling: enter Violent Soho.

Perhaps the best thing to happen to Australian music since JET broke up (No, JET didn’t really break up, but if I keep thinking and saying it, perhaps I can will it to happen), Violent Soho just released their major-label full length self-titled debut; and it’s practically impossible to not notice the throwback to a time when everyone had a favorite flannel and “guyliner” wasn’t a word.  While the album does carry some modern influence and sound, you can’t help but notice the homage to a time when Maude Flanders was still kickin’.  Everything from the lyrical content, to the artwork, to the sound in general on tracks like “Jesus Stole My Girlfriend” will instantly take you back to an era when no one gave a flying fuck about the New England Patriots.

So, do I think Violent Soho is the next Nirvana: Absolutely not.   But maybe, just maybe, they are a sign of even better things to come throughout the decade.

See you in seven years for the 4th wave ska explosion.


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