On July 22, 2014, Vain & Valor released their new 12″ EP ‘Restless’ via Los Angeles – based post punk/hardcore record label Anchor Eighty Four. For those of you wondering, Vain & Valor was formed in 2012 and is quickly on the rise on becoming one of Los Angeles’ most promising hardcore bands. Their punk rock influences range from bands as Pianos Become The Teeth, Being As An Ocean, La Dispute, Converge, and Touche Amoré. ‘Restless’ has 6 tracks that will satisfy fans of punk rock and hardcore music. Besides the instrumental side to the EP, the lyrical side that ties down the music is very raw. Im a big fan of reading lyrics in order to fully comprehend and appreciate the intensity of certain songs. For instance, my favorite track on ‘Restless’ is ‘Like Father Like Son.’ This song has a heavy kick to it when it comes to lyrics. Overall, the words used in their music allows one to reflect apon their lives, or so I felt that way. I believe the members of the band wanted us to feel that way as they were writing their music. Not only does Vain & Valor give it all when they are recording their music, they also know how to put on an entertaining live performance. If you enjoy a very “in your face” type of show, then this is the perfect band for you to see. They are currently touring the U.S and will be performing in Los Angeles on August 9th.
- Darone Sassounian