Dryspell – “You Without Me/Vyvance” – Soul Step Records REVIEW

When Hunter Thompson isn’t doing his thing with garage rockers White Reaper, he keeps his mind active by churning out music on other various projects. While White Reaper will certainly give you all the lo-fi rock n’ roll one could ask for, Thompson’s current project Dryspell is equally as satisfying on a different level! Taken from Dryspell’s debut EP earlier this year, Soul Step Records has picked 2 perfect examples of what Thompson is all about and put them on a very limited edition vinyl 7″ You Without Me/Vyvance.

“You Without Me” begins with that familiar distorted guitar backed with a driving garage rock beat we’ve all come to love from the indie scene. What could’ve been a run of the mill indie rock anthem gets elevated by the sugary power-pop hooks in the vocals. A melody sounding like a soundtrack to a carefree life. Side B’s “Vyvance” surfs things up a bit with a cleaner guitar and ballad-esque vibes.

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While not entirely different than White Reaper’s forte, Dryspell is a nice sidequest for Thompson.

There’s a sense of comfort in what’s familiar in both tracks. To me it’s like Shark? and The Strokes teamed up to reinvent songs from The Killer’s Sam’s Town album. Just hearing the hooks and notes land, exactly where you know they’ll land, isn’t the least bit cliche, it’s satisfaction!

Being released through the indie-royalty label Soul Step Records, you already know You Without Me/Vyvance is extremely collectible straight out the gate. As only 100 copies were produced on Lilac colored vinyl. Once those are gone (probably before this article is posted) it will only be available in standard black. Regardless of what color you get, both tracks on this format sound as colorful as the brightest of summers. With Dryspell and Soul Step Records, warm weather and rock n’ roll are always one needle drop away.

To pick up Dryspell’s You Without Me/Vyvance on limited edition vinyl, visit Soul Step Records 


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Aaron The Audiophile

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