The Vignettes 

The Vignettes' "This is a Song About Rock and Roll" is pretty meta. Coming in at under two minutes, the recording is a mash-up of all of rock's greatest assets: a loud guitar, a nonstop drumset and winding, indiscernible lyrics about the genre itself. When it's over, you haven't learned anything, but isn't that the whole point? Just to experience someone else's energy? You've read about dozens of two-piece noise outfits in these pages. It might be that more people make it than are enjoying it these days. So putting that sound on the road (also, in this case, on the internet) is getting pretty hard to sell. It often takes more than two loud instruments to get my attention. In The Vignettes' case, the brief attempts at melodic punk breeze right past and don't leave a mark.

Another of the Memphis lady-duo's tracks found on their ReverbNation site, "The Zoo," focuses on a rhythm-shifting instrumental section, but doesn't give it enough time to properly close out. "Comic Book Heroes" takes a minor key cue from the Dead Kennedys, but doesn't break out of a yearning for pop. Still, it's clear this is music meant to be listened to with ear plugs, not headphonesa mighty goal on a crowded court of other loud rockers.



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