There aren’t many albums whose opening number grabs you by the throat and slaps you around the moment you begin playing it. Therapy?’s “Troublegum” is one. The Prodigy’s “Fat of the Land” is another. Vukovi’s self-titled debut LP, opening with “La Di Da” is therefore in very good company indeed.
This is an anthem for everyone who’s ever been treated badly, and an unashamed middle finger to everyone who’s ever perpetrated it: infectious, bouncy, and fraught with venomous barbs. There are essentially two reactions one can have to this song: either a defiant “fuck you!”, or a whiny apologist bleat. If you’re the latter, you’re exactly who this song is aimed at; if you’re the former, you’re exactly who it’s for—and in either case you have to try really hard not to experience love at first sound.
While their last single, “Animal”, treated us to a poppier, bolder, tighter-sounding Vukovi than we were used to, it didn’t take long to get on board with the new vibe. “La Di Da” pushes this to a whole new level. From the moment the song begins, Janine’s vocals are a knuckleduster-clad fist in a silky smooth glove, sounding so good that they punch you right in the gut… while reminding you that she—and everyone “La Di Da” represents—are not going to put up with this crap any more.
Hamish, Jason and Colin, meanwhile, back that up with an accompanying sound that’s almost flawlessly on the right side of pop-punk.
It’s hard to shake the feeling that this is a song that’s about twenty-five minutes too short; fighting the urge to just listen to it on repeat all afternoon takes some amount of effort. Fortunately for all of us, there’s more of this to come.
“La Di Da” is released on the 13th January 2017.
“Vukovi” is released on the 10th March 2017 on LAB Records, and is available to pre-order now from www.vukovi.co.uk, and the band’s UK tour kicks off the same day with a headline show at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
The song is also available on Spotify today, so get downloading;