Australia's The Vanns have released a few EPs and singles along the way over the past few years, but they just released their first ever LP, Through the Walls. The record showcases the band's pension for writing true indie rock. It's lo-fi production, rock melody perfection with some elements of folk mixed in.
Really, Kings of Leon is a good reference point for The Vanns. Maybe the vocals aren't quite as thick or soulful but they're just as passionate and the instrumentation/guitar solos match up pretty well. However, just like Kings of Leon, there's not really a change of gears when listening through an entire set of music. Sure, they have varied songs in terms of pace and style but they all have the same tone. That's because they're playing to their strengths; the vocals of Jimmy Vann and the guitars that are heavy on space. But for every song that features hanging guitar notes and big vocals there should be something a little simpler. It's kind of like cleansing the palate. Instead you're just kind of smeared in the face with a piece of bread covered in jam for an hour.
I'm a huge fan of The Vanns. I feel like they're unmatched in regards to talent and style against other newer bands to come out. This LP is still a solid listen, I'm just saying I'd love it if there sound was slightly more varied here.