Single Review: VIAL - "Roadkill"

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Your new favorite midwest punk band, VIAL, is back & bolder than ever. The four-piece group recently released their first single since 2019 titled "Roadkill." With this, they've announced their upcoming Sophomore album, LOUDMOUTH, due to drop July 30th. The band has also recently signed to Get Better Records, a Philadelphia-based label run by queer & transgender professionals to help LGBTQ+ alternative artists gain representation in the scene. Already, there's so much exciting news for VIAL, but let's start with the single.
"Roadkill" is an ode to anyone who's perpetuated the mistreatment of female or non-male counterparts in the music industry. Ultimately, it's a punk rock punch in the face... or rather, vehicular homicide.
The track begins with an addicting guitar riff reminiscent of that 90's alternative rock sound similar to Hole, while still making it completely their own with alternating tempos & whimsical commentary between verses. While it's a playful track about wanting to run a man over, there are also moments of unabashed candor within this narrative. "Men like you exploit others for the benefit / Of your own self and your scummy businesses." Perhaps this track will help men self-reflect on their actions... we say, optimistically.  

Photo by Bryson Christopher
If you're starving for new punk rock & have zero tolerance for bullsh*t, then we highly recommend getting on board with VIAL. You have over a month to digest the rest of their discography before delving into the next release on July 30th. They also dropped a ton of sick merchandise so check that out HERE.
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Written by Deirdre Kelly
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