Visions of Change / The Depraved
Album review from Record Collector, out now.
Most bands talk about an evolution in their sound, but few actually do it. After two albums of hectic heartfelt punk / hardcore that preached both positive vibes and disenfranchised anger, Leamington Spa’s The Depraved reinvented themselves as the psychedelic tinged Visions of Change. This compilation collects both albums from The Depraved, the self-titled album from Visions of Change and a rambling collection of sessions, demos and other obscurities.
While The Depraved’s fiery, battering ram approach is richer in passion, energy and humour (a frenetic cover of Lulu’s Shout which recalls the, ahem, glory days of Lawnmower Deth, the Bond-bashing 007), Visions of Change are altogether more intriguing: the extended use of the Hammond organ, more pronounced influences from Dag Nasty and the Twin/Tone label and psychedelic jams making for a creative sound in an often staid genre. The more nuanced production – as opposed to The Depraved’s fuzzy rush – certainly helps.
Hefty liner notes add plenty of value to an already substantial package (albeit in a miniscule font), while collectors wanting something more should buy directly from the Boss Tuneage online store to get a free bonus DVDR of The Depraved taking their message to the mean streets of Fulham.