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Okto Vulgaris - Tube One EP
Label: - Release: 2017 Style: Tube Rock Tracklist 1. Blow, 2. Chunk, 3. Go Song, 4. Escape, 5. Confuse Okto Vulgaris is a Swiss rock band from the city of Chur in the canton of Graubünden. In 2017 the quartet around singer Sarah Mark released their EP "Tube One". This was followed by 60 concerts in eight countries with special moments. They call their style "Tube Rock", which is characterized by a power-loaded, rough female voice with cunning guitars and an earthy rhythm. I was able to experience this
group live at the "Under One Hat Tour 2019" and they convinced with their performance. "Blow" starts with a mixture of alternative rock and rock'n'roll and the line "Let me blow your mind" sounds. Singer Sarah Mark convinces with her Rock'n'Roll voice and the earthy, catchy rhythm provides a first good impression. "Chunk" begins with blues influences. You imagine yourself in a renowned blues club like "BB King's Club" in a big American city and when the spotlight falls on singer Sarah Mark and the atmosphere is filled with smoke and whiskey, the singing starts, the song gets a special touch. At 2:50 a guitar solo follows. "Go Song" begins like "Blow" with alternative rock sounds. The rough voice of Sarah fits perfectly. A statement follows with "I go my way" and she makes it clear that she doesn't let herself be pressed into a scheme and lets her mind run free. In contrast to the previous songs this one is funnier, because of the earthy rhythm. "Escape" grooves through drumming and guitar work. The song invites to dance and has psychedelic sounds, which brings a 70‘s vibe into the 21st century and suits the song well. Monster Magnet would‘ve their fun with it. The last song is "Confuse" and ends the "Tube One" EP. With funky sounds in the style of Red Hot Chili Peppers the number starts and creates a relaxed Californian atmosphere. Convinces with a relaxed and positive sound, which brings light into the grey everyday life. In times of the Corona Pandemic this is more important than ever. I notice that these young musicians try to create their own style from different influences and convince with innovation. In my opinion, they’ve succeeded with "Tube One". Direct, loud and hungry their music turns out to be. It‘ll be interesting to see what fate has in store for this band. On February 7, 2020, the Grisonians released their first album "Modern Me". 8/12 Review by Dominic Latscha