Track Review | ‘Violet Coloured Sunset’ by Party at the Pharmacy

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All right, let’s just get this out of the way right now: while I understand the connection to Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys when listening to the vocals on this, I think I’m too much of an Arctic Monkeys fan to not pick up the differences. I agree that there are similarities but at the same time I can easily hear the difference between the two vocals. But that might just be because I spend so much time listening to Alex Turner sing–Arctic Monkeys is in fact one of my all-time favourite bands ever so any band that takes even a little inspiration from them definitely has my attention. And with that out of the way we can move on to talk about this song as objectively as possible and as something separate from Arctic Monkeys.

I know that this song was released quite a while ago–their most recent stuff has been covers–but I wanted to focus on something original. I love the overall sound of this band, the kind of dusty rock quality to it, and I really look forward to seeing what kind of stuff they do next. Whatever it is I’m definitely going to check it out.

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Highlights

I absolutely adore the chunky and fuzzy guitar that starts off this track. I think it sets the tone for what the rest of the song is going to sound like and it’s a very powerful way to start–to have guitar and a tambourine coming in every once in awhile but basically stripped back. Then the other instruments slowly layer in as the song progresses to the next verse.

Mostly I’m just really in love with the instrumentation on this track. It has this wonderful groove to it that reminds me of Queens of the Stone Age and bands that fit into that similar vein. More importantly they let the instrumentation breathed which I really love. It can be so easy to get caught up in the lyrics and vocals of a song because those are what tell the story but to realize that the instruments need some space–and deserve some–is really important to telling the story too.

Low Points

I almost feel like any judgement would be unfair because of how much time as passed since this song was released. I’d like to believe that in 6 years this band has gotten better and would have fixed anything I had a problem with.

One such issue is the vocals. Now, I’d like it to be known that I’m reaching at this point because I do think overall the vocals have a really nice tone and fit well with the vibe of the song. But there are moments when the instrumentation pulls back and the vocals aren’t quite as strong as they need to be. While listening to more recent stuff it sounds like that’s not as much of an issue anymore.

Which leads to the heart of why it took me a while to write about this band–and why I haven’t gotten into them very much. There’s simple very little to listen to. It’s all decent work–and I really enjoy the majority of it–but it’s not plentiful or consistent. I’m sorry but if you want people to take notice you have to release new stuff; that’s just how it works. And this band isn’t really doing that.

Rating: 3/5

I like this song, but I don’t love it. There are a few reasons for why I wanted to write about this band at all, but mostly I’m hoping they’ll release new stuff soon. I’m curious as to what they will do in the future and how their sound could evolve. I’m hoping they’ll find their own space with their music and separate a bit more from their influences.

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