Portland two-piece Wampire are set to have their debut full-length, Curiosity, release on the prolific Illinois label Polyvinyl in May. Naturally, this 7″ is a sneak peak of what we will be getting come May. They’re actually touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra right now if you’d like to get a chance to see them. The label actually provided a succinct, yet accurate, description of the tracks which I have put in the details below so this makes my job a little easier. 😛 There’s really not much more I could say to give you a picture of what this track, and the Kraftwerk cover track, sound like. The synthesizers and electric organ used on “The Hearse” just bring about an overwhelming sense of nostalgia – particularly concerning new wave and the 80s in general. Luckily, I caught this one in the nick of time because pre-orders actually ship tomorrow! Check out “The Hearse” below.

The Details

After forming Wampire, Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps steadily began to make a name for themselves in the same Portland, OR, scene that has produced labelmates STRFKR as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Jacob Portrait (bass player of UMO) produced the two tracks on this 7”.

A-side "The Hearse" serves as the perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the band -- its opening notes swelling instantly with electronic organs over a driving drum beat. By the time bass and vocals kick in, you’re already hooked.

The b-side, a cover of Kraftwerk's "Das Modell," showcases another side of the duo by cloaking the original's industrial synth pop with a murkier aura underscored by chugging guitars.

The Hearse is a preview of Wampire's debut full-length, to be released this spring.

Price $6

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