Roaring out of the gate last year with a tight, 5-song blast of sugary sweet, yet hard hitting retro-flavored pop punk, Chapel Hill's Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies, who play Local 506 on Saturday, returned this year with the aptly named EP II. That new release keeps all the undeniable spunk and frothiness of the band's earlier work while delving into more robust sonic textures and lyrics that acknowledge the darker side while still pummeling it into submission with an atomic blast of happiness. "Technicolor Electric" is the best example of this. Taking a sexy ride through psych rock, lead singer Amanda Brooks determinedly tries to write off her problems with charmingly colorful visions before the band rips into a transcendent instrumental that starts off sensual and dangerous before spiraling upwards into a hard rocking '60s rave up. It's a great song made even better by the fact you can get it here for free.
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