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Vaux, There Must Be Some Way to Stop Them (Volcom)
After igniting the stage on the Warped Tour the past couple of years, I can only envision Vaux being outcasts amongst their pop-punk riddled peers. Because the differences in this Denver, Colorado outfit from the average Warped band are abundant: they thrash under a punk-metal guise, their band consists of three fucking guitarists and, well, Vaux actually have passion in their musical onslaught of hardcore riff grinding, keyboard interludes and manic screams. "Set It to Blow" immediately enters with guitars winding around and whip lashing your speakers as vocalist Quentin Smith spits, "This is the anthem of the year / And I'm fucking gold". You are gold, dude, and so is your band. Here's to hoping they hitch onto the Warped Tour next year just so they can obliterate the pseudo-punk disposition that rots in most of the tour's bands.