"Short and Hard"

(Sin Klub Entertainment 2003)VaGiants - Short and Hard

With The VaGiants, you are pretty much assured you are going to get what you are going to get. The band pulls no punches or holds themselves back, which is probably why their highly energetic rock with an attitude comes across as fun and enjoyable. "Short and Hard" is not as short as they might like you to believe; at around thirty minutes with nine tracks, the band gives each song the attention it deserves without getting too attached. This is, after all, rock.

Loud, sneering guitar riffs open "Hotbox" before singer J-Rod Godriguez's strong vocals, unlike her peers in the rock genre, such as PJ Harvey or Courtney Love, come screaming in. Straight forward rock 'n' roll, "Nice and Easy" is as much about instrumentation as it is about vocals as they blend together in the recording, sounding almost live, as the almost seamless transition to the familiar "Sugarmama" with its quick and loose instrumentation. Encouraging you to "yeah, c'mon," "Yakamon" is a dynamic track with a decent guitar solo and while Godrigeuz's vocals show their power before being delivered, less than pristinely, through a megaphone for the relatively simpler "Hey, Hey, Hey." With bass and drums stepping out, "Over the Edge" creates a loud, full instrumental sound before then nearly drowning out the vocals on "F. U. B." The Vagiants rock out on "Bury Me Standing" with a more traditional rock sound as the speedy and familiar "Alright" is all about power. Leading into an unlisted track, the band offers a very poor quality recording cover of a 50s girl group The Chantels' "Maybe."

There is no doubt about it, The Vagiants are a fun rock 'n' roll band that are influenced by old garage rock standards. "Short and Hard" is lively and energetic throughout, never taking a moment to rest or indulge unnecessarily. Although the band does not offer their own "Fun House," "Short and Hard" is not worth dismissing and should, instead, be taken as a sign of their potential.