Plague Vendor's visceral debut album Free To Eat is out today on Epitaph Records. Fans can purchase the album at iTunes or The Plague Vendor Store. Following a string of shows at The Echo in LA, the band returns to their hometown of Whttier tonight for a special record release gig at Fenix 5-4.
Plague Vendor's Free To Eat veers rapidly from aggressive thrash to melodic introspection, compressing the range of human experience into ten rapid-fire songs. Everything was recorded live in the studio, using only two or three takes with no overdubs.
"Plague Vendor sure know how to make a memorable entrance," said SPIN. Brooklyn Vegan described it as "raw, psych-y garage punk with a shouty vocalist that belongs in a grimy basement." And according to Noisey, Plague Vendor's music is "definitely repeatable".
Plague Vendor is a band of four friends, from Whittier, CA, just 20 miles outside of Los Angeles proper. Brandon Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums), and Jay Rogers (guitar) are inspired by their hometown, the Liars' discography, dubbed VHS tapes, and Andy Kaufman. The band name was taken from the title of a Mexican folk tale "The Pulque Vendor" that Blaine had interpreted as Plague Vendor.
Live shows began in 2009; they were raucous and treacherous, making it clear that Plague Vendor was peddling something formidable. The name became synonymous with wild nights and good times. Live shows are treated as an opportunity to evoke a reaction from fan as the audience is encouraged to get just as loose as the band is onstage.
The dynamic between this band of friends is an undeniable force; everything they do comes from passion. Plague Vendor is simultaneously dangerous and comforting, and predicated on the meaning its own name invokes.
Catch the Plague this summer as the band will be playing all season on Warped Tour.
Apr. 15 Whittier, CA - Fenix 5-4
Jun. 13 US-CAD Warped Tour