Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

Get Yr Blood Sucked Out

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by Viva Voce
     
 

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The calamitous pop racket produced by Viva Voce -- which includes thunderous drums, wailing guitars, multi-part harmonies, strings, horns, screeching feedback, and the occasional musical saw -- might lead listeners to believe the Portland, Oregon, band were a multi-tiered group the size of the Arcade Fire or the …  See more details below

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The calamitous pop racket produced by Viva Voce -- which includes thunderous drums, wailing guitars, multi-part harmonies, strings, horns, screeching feedback, and the occasional musical saw -- might lead listeners to believe the Portland, Oregon, band were a multi-tiered group the size of the Arcade Fire or the Polyphonic Spree. In fact, this wall of sound comes from only two people, husband-and-wife duo Anita and Kevin Robinson, who record everything in their home. On their often magical third album, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, the Robinsons continue to defy expectations. Opener "I'm a Believer" is a Zepplin-ish stomper; dreamy slide guitar guides the lovely "Drown Them Out"; and "Faster than a Dead Horse" is a droning two-chord jam with an infectious "bah bah bah" chorus. But Get Yr Blood Sucked Out's undisputed centerpiece is "So Many Miles," a swirling, eight-minute slice of psychedelia, driven by a chugging bass line, swirling guitars, and breathy vocals. Like the entire album in miniature, and with both Robinsons really showing off their stuff, it's the sound of bliss -- domestic or otherwise.

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All Music Guide - John Schacht
Viva Voce's latest, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, could have added the subtitle, "And Let the Stoner Rock In." The Portland husband-and-wife duo of Anita and Kevin Robinson have swapped some of the spacier excursions of their previous records for enveloping layers of '70s guitar fuzz and blustery rhythms familiar to bong-hitters everywhere. Viva Voce have used these sounds before, but not to this extent. Yet this is stoner rock for the indie set, so every suggestion of Led Zeppelin or Queen gets filtered through a Sonic Youth or Yo La Tengo aesthetic, which helps keep the bombast and pagan iconography at bay. Disc-opener "Believer" may hint at a Jimmy Page-like stomp with its maximum-buzz guitar riff, distorted bass, and overdubbed handclap percussion, but in Viva Voce's hands it's not unlike something the Pink Mountaintops would record if they had happier pot. "From the Devil Himself," which provides the album's title and sums up its anti-bloodsucker themes, is a catchy double-time blast of Anita Robinson's processed lead guitar and walls of percussion supporting the Mamas & the Papas-like harmonies, a reminder of the pop sensibilities at the core of the Viva Voce's music. "We Do Not Fuck Around" is audio schizophrenia, shifting back and forth between dramatic Freddie Mercury-like piano and a noisy indie rock anthem built around the song's title, while "So Many Miles" is a bluesy, hypnotic barrage of feedback blasts and bruising rhythms that erupts into an unlikely horn-filled bridge and an outro breakdown Charles Mingus might admire. Anita and Kevin share the singing duties throughout, the former's soothing half-whisper providing nice contrast on the hardest rockers. But Viva Voce haven't entirely abandoned their trippier side or poppier inclinations, either: "Helicopter" and "How to Nurse a Bruised Ego" rely on gently ascending crescendos built on guitar drones and synth washes; "Faster Than a Dead Horse" is up-tempo, summery indie rock with Anita executing a perfectly passable Ira Kaplan feedback fest; and "Never Be Like Yesterday"is wistful minor-key pop featuring guitar curlicues and plangent piano runs. The record is an odd mix of influences and sonic elements you don't often hear together -- especially within individual songs -- and occasionally it sounds like the ship might sink under the weight of all that musical cargo. But Viva Voce seems comfortable in all these styles, and beneath the veneers the songs stand tall -- if not exactly still.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Barsuk
UPC:
0655173105825
catalogNumber:
31058
Rank:
221984

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Viva Voce   Primary Artist
Anita Robinson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone),Group Member
Chris Flanagan   Hand Clapping
Seth Lorinczi   Guitar,Piano,Bowed Bass
Cory Gray   Trumpet
Kim Baxter   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Anita   Vocals,Various
Kevin   Vocals,Various
Kevin Robinson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Recorder,Vocals,Roto Toms,Bowed Saw,Group Member

Technical Credits

Larry Crane   Contributor
Seth Lorinczi   Piano Engineer
Viva Voce   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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Get Yr Blood Sucked Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Viva Voce are one of those truly great bands that makes use of a variety of influences and turns them into something that is all their own. I find "Get Yr Blood Sucked Out" to be their best work yet. The record is completely addictive, and you might find it hard to stop listening. But then again, why would you want to stop listening?