With frontwoman Janine Shilstone hailed as one of Kerrang!’s 50 Greatest Rock Stars this week, Vukovi today reveal their explosive new single ‘Weirdo’, taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album due for release March 10th via LAB Records.
Following snake-infested lead single, ‘La Di Da’, the video of which saw Janine grappling with a 6ft Boa Constrictor named Honey, ‘Weirdo’ arrives melodically dominant and upbeat. “It’s probably the most poppy song on the album,” Shilstone reveals. “I wrote Weirdo to encourage people to stop being ashamed of their quirks, their interests, the way they look. At school you think it’s the end of the world when people laugh, comment and, target you for being different. Now, I’ve realised over time that these people target you because you’re a threat, you’re interesting, and when they look at themselves perhaps they realise they’re pretty boring. I know everyone says it, but the majority of the time it’s jealousy!”
Vukovi’s self-titled debut album is the definitive snapshot of their Technicolor wonder to date. They demand your attention. Produced by longtime collaborator Bruce Rintoul – “nobody pushes me quite like Bruce” says Janine – its twelve songs take in themes of individuality, drug abuse, depression and suicide. “The record might sound quirky,” says Janine. “But there are many darker notes in there…”
Tracks like ‘Prey’ see Shilstone digging deep into personal experience (“it’s about a time in my life where I thought I’d met my knight in shining armor – but he fucked me up even more) and the sublime ‘I’m Wired’, Janine’s favourite song on the record (“I wrote it trying to describe being in a relationship with severe depression and trying to express that you need that person even though you don’t show it most of the time”).
There’s introspection here, yes. There’s beauty, sure. But there are songs like ‘And He Lost His Mind’ too, which is as fun as rock music has ever allowed itself to be. A big, bouncy, neon daubed earworm that bores itself into your brain and gobbles up on your serotonin. Then there’s ‘Boy George’, a former single with a guitar sliced through it like a chainsaw through a piñata. And, if you’re going to call a song ‘Bouncy Castle’, chances are that it’s not going to be an acoustic weepy. Vukovi truly excel here, coming on like Paramore span around and around and around until they’re very dizzy and just about ready to hurl up something… wonderful.