Rather Vapid is a promising alternative/progressive rock band I have discovered through Metalhead Community Submissions about 2 months ago with their addictive song; Wraith, off from their self-titled debut album which was released in 2020. Rather Vapid is such a special band just like their musicality and specific music genre, who is showing huge potential with their strong atmosphere, mood, intelligent songwriting and instrumentation skills. This was the first time I have heard about them. Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article!
As you might also remember from some of my previous articles, we usually expect to hear potential from every newcomer band. So, I wasn’t quite expecting to hear such advanced standards from Rather Vapid at first. In my opinion, either they are working together for a very long time and just had the chance to make a release, or, Rather Vapid is just another exciting project. It is quite obvious that these American gentlemen are very experienced in what they are doing, especially in making records.
Furthermore, I am also amazed by their influences. And this is where they show strong character in their music. The main theme of the song which is playing on the song intro is so powerful, you don’t have to know anything about it yet you can easily tell what this melody reminds you. I simply loved the way they show their character in music. They don’t follow anyone else’s path in their ideas and structures. Honestly, I couldn’t hear this level of creativity on Dream Theater’s latest album.
On the other hand, the structure of the song is neither too standard nor complex. It has a beautiful balance that keeps the listener from getting bored or lost somewhere in the middle, which is admirable. As I have also mentioned above, they are remarkable with their partitions here on this song. I loved everything the guitar player, drummer, and bass player have done. Phenomenal, truly. Every time I listen to the song, I give my attention to another instrument. From time to time they have also reminded me of my ultimate band on this planet; Opeth, with their understanding of music, which was such a good surprise for me.