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Babies Are for Petting is the new EP from Vue, a San Francisco based group that further demonstrates that area's musical diversity. San Fran is known especially now for giving the world bands like Green Day and Rancid, but Vue is definitely not a band you can have pegged immediately. For only being around for three years, they sound like a tight band that's been around quite longer.
The first song "Look Out for Traffic" is not a fast paced punk song, but rather sounds more like a lilting, dreamy straight ahead rock song. A light, strumming guitar, coupled with tricky drumming makes the song rise and swell in a pleasant, simple song. And then immediately, the next track "Hey Hey Not in Here," the music is turned up a notch, with a hard-rocking beat and loud guitars.
The title track is a bit more heavy, but with a raunchy guitar line echoes on every instrument and vocal. The live track is a breath of fresh air, a slow, bluesy rocker, complete with harmonica and keyboard playing that leads the song through its halting, yet growing sound.
Vue sounds like they've been noodling with many different things. Musically, they're strong. The only unimpressive part is Rex Shelverton's vocals: though they work well with the music, there isn't much that makes them stand out on their own. Babies Are for Petting, however, is definitely a strong submission as a major label debut.
Tom Fraher is a Contributing Writer. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.