The Vintage Caravan: Arrival
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Arrival

The Vintage Caravan

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  • Release Date 18 May 2015
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Code
NB3494-1
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
Nuclear Blast

'Arrival', the second full-length from this Icelandic trio implies a maturity worthy of any band that has been on the road for some decades. A relaxed rocker like "Winter Queen", with it’s perfectly-timed build-up and meticulous solos speaks of a long-experienced songwriter worth his salt. The blues-soaked "Monolith" is as cleverly assembled as the percussion-driven heavyweight "Last Day of Light" or the shapeshifting half-ballad, half-groove monster "Eclipsed", or the whirling psychedelic trip offered by "Babylon". The hand of a masterful composer can clearly be seen at work combined with a rare musicality on the instrumental and vocal side. Yet that hand belongs to a kid or rather kids barely out of their teens.

Veteran music journalists are a cynical breed and particularly hard to impress after literally thousands of albums heard and hundreds of shows attended. It’s even more  when an unknown band literally makes their jaws drop. When THE VINTAGE CARAVAN climbed on the stage at the 2013 Eistnaflug festival, the trio was only allowed to enter the venue accompanied by their parents. The attending journalists were therefore not prepared to the following spectacle. Ginger-haired frontman Óskar Logi Ágústsson unleashed oneimpressive guitar solo after the other onto the exploding crowd. Alexander ÖrnNúmason pumped crushing grooves out his instrument until his fingers bled.And drummer Guðjón Reynisson hammered a more than solid foundation into the audience.

The band was already formed in late 2005, when Óskar Logi was just eleven years old. Guðjón joined in 2006 and three years later their band became very active in the Icelandic live scene. In May 2012 their current line-up was completed, when the only slightly older Alexander joined the group on bass. Appearances at the prestigious Roadburn and Wacken Festivals followed and band relocated to Denmark as live demand grew high too fast to be covered from the North Atlantic. Touring with Grand Magus and Blues Pills as well as performing festivals such as Summerbreeze saw the band around a 100 times on European stages in 2014 with ever-growing audiences delivering standing ovations after each show.Recorded in the frost-bitten countryside of Iceland, ‘Arrival’ shows the young band has clearly reached a new level both in songwriting and sound. Time to get rocking with 'Arrival'!

Tracklisting

Side A
1. Last Day Of Light
2. Monolith
3. Babylon
Side B
1. Eclipsed
2. Shaken Beliefs
3. Crazy Horses
Side C
1. Sandwalker
2. Innerverse
3. Carousel
Side D
1. Winter Queen
Bonus Tracks:
2. Say Hello
3. Five Months

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