The Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago has been a hotspot for the young broke "artistic" types for some time now, and local garage rock outfit Vamos recently cast the neighborhood as the protagonist for their new video, "Stones". Alongside a struggling but passionate DIY punk scene, Logan is seeing an emergence of a more classic-rock leaning garage rock scene.
Vamos don't try to hide their Stooges and Rolling Stone influences (heck, part of the chorus is "We're not rolling stones"), but instead revel in their love for riffs, booze, and recklessness. Though "Fun House" is an obvious idol for Vamos, the guitar antics more closely resemble something along the lines of a sauced Stephen Malkmus of Pavement. "Stones" is melodic in instrumentation, but never so tightly nit that it sounds meticulously crafted: instinctual rhythmic lust is here in abundance.
Directed by Brain Killer, a Chicago based video artist, the video seemingly accurately captures a day in the life of Vamos, or perhaps any Logan Square based band. Sure there's plenty of partying, but there is also a sinful dark side to the entire video. It's a brilliant dichotomy that portrays the neighborhood as imperfect, but fun as hell if you love rock 'n' roll.
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