Remember Brit Indie Rockers SKUNK ANANSIE? Well this lot from Finland are not a stones throw away from capturing the Rock intensity that Skin and co. did in the early 90’s. Crashing, almost Metallic riffs thunder down mixed in with a high degree of polished Pop melody. There’s also a pinch of THE CULT and perhaps THE DARKNESS in there for good measure.
Born from the ashes of a Joan Jett covers band (yes, that raised an eyebrow for me as well) the female fronted VANITY INK are fresh, vibrant and like to Rock. Take the excellent ‘’Deep Frozen’’ for starters. A great chorus with chunky riffs cut with the delightful vocals of Stiina followed by the commercial riff happy ‘’Swept Aside’’.
There’s certainly no shortage of quality song writing on offer here as well as some fine musicianship and for what is essential a five track demo the members of VANITY INK have recorded a ballsy, up tempo Pop Rocker that is a world away from the Power Metal brigade normally associated with Finland.
All in all a promising demo from a band pressing hard to form their own identity. I’d suggest keeping the Joan Jett covers to a minimum though! (Online February 11, 2005)