‘I’ll Follow You’, the fourth single from Fremantle power pop sensations, Vancool, sees them cementing their reputation as best in class. In fact, they’ll probably get themselves in trouble under the Trade Practices Act, because what Vancool are doing right now is anything but following, it’s all about being in the lead.
They’ve hit the motherlode and you’re going to find it difficult to take your eyes (and ears) off them.
‘I’ll Follow You’ doesn’t pull out any fancy tricks or instrumentation, it’s just straight ahead pop, with guitar, enough guitar to fill the sky all the way to the heavens. It’s fresh and insistent, but nothing like Chris, who likes to have a few drinks and then doesn’t care if you’re listening or not. Dion Mariani knows how to craft a song that stays with you, but knows how not to outstay its welcome. Which is why, when you’ve heard ‘I’ll Follow You’ once, you’re inclined to hit repeat so you can hear it again, and again.
Mariani and his band, Vancool, are the latest in a long line of pop groups tracking back to the likes of The Beatles, The Who and The Easybeats. This is a band that writes songs that don’t have to try too hard because they’re just so good. Vancool might not be doing anything particularly new, but that’s not the point. The sort of pop music they trade in is bloody hard to master. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, instead of taking excursions into the unknown to try to find a point of difference or just slavishly copying their heroes like, say, Oasis.
None of that for Vancool. They’ve hit the motherlode and you’re going to find it difficult to take your eyes (and ears) off them. If you thought you were too cool for pop, check out Vancool, they’ll reel you back in again.
It’s a tour, innit!