Based out of Whittier, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, Plague Vendor are a punk band who harness their nervy, nocturnal energy into their driving sound. As witnessed by their debut "long player," 2014's nocturnal party offering Free To Eat, the California quartet burned the candle at both ends; they don't waste a moment as they rip from track to track, bashing out each song and moving on without looking back to assess the damage--the album's ten songs lasted only 18 minutes. What's more, it was a compendium of the tunes they'd been writing and playing live for the previous five years. 2016's Bloodsweat and 2019's By Night offered a darker tone underscored by some subversive studio polish that nonetheless retained their minimalist approach to remain a thrashy, no-frills garage punk outfit tweaked for maximum volume and power. Made up of singer Brandon Blaine, guitarist Jay Rogers, bassist Michael Perez, and drummer Luke Perine, the band's sound blends the urgency of early post-punk with the reckless attitude of hardcore, creating a style that squirms with nervous energy while it refuses to sit still. In 2014, the band signed on with the legendary punk label Epitaph, where they released their concise debut, Free to Eat, in the spring of that year. Recorded over the course of two weeks with producer and engineer Stuart Sikes (the Walkmen, Cat Power, Modest Mouse), the band issued their propulsive sophomore outing, Bloodsweat, in early 2016. Following three nationwide tours, the band took a well deserved break. N the late summer of 2018, they spent eleven days locked in at Hollywood’s legendary EastWest Studios (Brian Wilson, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop) with St Vincent/Chelsea Wolfe producer John Congleton, with all visitors banned and all distraction eliminated. With their producer enlisted as a full blown collaborator, the band sought to marry their own powerful sound with the engaging-but-aging reverberations of classic punk/rock albums of the '60s and '70. And with Congleton’s limitless encouragement, Plague Vendor worked in a manner they hadn't before: using choruses of bass in endless waves flashes of synth, motorik drums and even a string section illustrating instrumental passages and even whole songs. The finished album, entitled By Night, was released midway through 2019. ~ Gregory Heaney
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