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Vulgaria is a power pop quartet out of Baltimore Maryland. Kurt Deemer writes the." songs, plays guitar, and sings. John Christensen plays lead guitar, Joe Tropea; bass, and Steve Rose; drums.
Kurt Deemer fronted the band Shadowmen featuring bassist Joe Tropea. Shadowmen released an indie 7" and toured several states. Kurt broke off to start Vulgaria.
Steve Rose was the first permanent Vulgarian. Hailing from England, Steve drummed in bars throughout Europe and emigrated to The States seeking fame, fortune, and Rock 'n' Roll in it's raw form. He met Kurt in the late nineties and things clicked.
John Christensen fronted a band in Pittsburgh. He relocated to Maryland in '95 and somehow wound up playing bass in a band that Kurt produced. Then he joined Vulgaria.
Joe Tropea played in several bands that had indie releases and toured the Eastern Seaboard. He then rejoined his former bandmate and became Vulgaria's bassist.
Vulgaria has recently completed their first full-length, self-titled CD. 1t features 10 strait-forward power-pop tunes with strong melodies. The disc was self produced. The cover shows a young couple dancing gracefully to the sounds of an antique victrola, as industrial wasteland looms in the distance.
The name Vulgaria is an ironic anecdote for the garishness and Commercialization of today's pop culture. The pop world needs a new voice. That voice is Vulgaria. Here, songs of restlessness, frustration, and over-riding triumph are delivered with hard-driving pop aplomb.
Quotes;Something about this local mod-rock trio sticks with us where most of the others blur together. Could be the way the singer's woozy, smeary emotional pleas meet up with the band's adept free-range pop-rockism in a way that brings to mind prime Afghan Whigs or maybe Tommy Keene on a bender.
- Baltimore City Paper
...songs of uncommon complexity and depth... one hell of a first step. Truly something special.
- Aiding and Abetting
Vulgaria knows the magical formula to good power-pop: songs under three minutes & crashing rhythms & crunchy guitars & expressive vocals x well-crafted hooks. There's nothing vulgar here, folks, just sweet, sweet pop.
- Mobtown Shank
Rock'n roll, baby... anthemic fists to heaven songs... Piping hot and refreshing to a touch.
- Not Lame Recordings
Throughout the 10-song self-titled debut lies a melodic manifestation of germinating choruses and guitars whose amplifiers sit someplace between an arena and a garage, blending a big sound with a raw quality. With songs like these, it's almost obscene not to give Vulgaria a listen.
- Altar Native
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Track Song MP3 1 Built for Speed 2 Out if Phase MP3 3 Swallow the Ocean 4 Between the Pages 5 New Friends 6 Stupid 7 T.V. Sun 8 Reason 9 Vice of Device 10 Open Wide