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Rock - Released April 11, 2014 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released June 7, 2019 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 25, 2016 | Epitaph

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California punk quartet Plague Vendor bury the needle on their mighty sophomore LP for Epitaph Records. The group made an auspicious debut in 2014 powering through ten songs in 18 minutes on the brief but entertaining Free to Eat. The thrashy, no-frills garage punk they put to tape was a pretty direct representation of the frenetic live set they'd spent the previous five years honing in West Coast basements and clubs. Their aptly titled follow-up, 2016's Bloodsweat, is a fearsome collection with a generally darker tone and some subversive studio polish that helps it leap out of the speakers without compromising their minimalist approach. In other words, Plague Vendor remain a thrashy, no-frills garage punk outfit, but tweaked for maximum volume and power. Recorded and produced by Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, the Walkmen), Bloodsweat has a visceral, overdriven feel that works best on streamlined songs like the creepy maritime punk opener "Anchor to Ankles" and the repetitive thump of "Credentials." Elsewhere, they embrace a newfound moodiness on the dark and dynamic standout "Ox Blood." Singer Brandon Blaine has a good command of his rock "n" roll phrasing, alternating between a rhythmic and raw Iggy-like swagger and a more detached post-punk bellow. There are times when his ragged rawk tenor comes a little too close to aping garage revivalist forebears like Jack White, but then again Plague Vendor aren't necessarily trying to rewrite rock's rulebook, but simply add their own chapter. There's plenty here to enjoy at a high volume, and at twice the length of their debut, Bloodsweat practically comes off as a double album. ~ Timothy Monger

Rock - Released March 18, 2014 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 19, 2019 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released April 10, 2019 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released June 7, 2019 | Epitaph

By Night is the third album from American post-punk outfit Plague Vendor and follows 2016's BLOODSWEAT. Produced by John Congleton (Sigur Rós, the Decemberists), the album sees the group distilling the sounds of classic punk, with flourishes from synths and drum machines. The lead single "New Comedown" is included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 24, 2018 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released October 31, 2018 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released May 7, 2019 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released May 29, 2019 | Epitaph

Rock - Released February 9, 2016 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 8, 2016 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released February 23, 2016 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 25, 2016 | Epitaph

Rock - Released January 26, 2016 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released January 12, 2016 | Epitaph

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Rock - Released April 11, 2014 | Epitaph

While there are lots of party records out there, few really evoke the reckless exuberance that exists in the pre-dawn hours reserved for the hardest partiers; the brave and foolish few possessed of a combination of boundless energy and zero self-preservation instinct. It's exactly this feeling that Plague Vendor capture on Free to Eat, an album of nocturnal punk that finds the California quartet eschewing the sunshine of the Golden State in favor of something darker and more dangerous. An album that seems to burn the candle at both ends, Plague Vendor 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. Like any respectable all-night bender, Free to Eat moves quickly, stops for nothing, and, at a scant 18 minutes, seems to end way too soon. With every conceivable moment of their concise debut filled with twisting guitars, crash-and-bang rhythms, and frantic vocals, Free to Eat has an energy that's hard to maintain and impossible to walk away from, making for an infectious collection of nervy punk songs that seem to demand repeat listenings. Plague Vendor have captured the feeling of youthful defiance that spurred the genre's pioneers to action, and while their debut might not be long enough to be the soundtrack to your late-night antics, it's the perfect album to light the fuse on a night you probably won't remember in the morning. ~ Gregory Heaney

Rock - Released April 1, 2014 | Epitaph

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