SINGLE REVIEW: The Vicious Cycles – Sandpaper (Pirates Press Records)

The Vicious Cycles.

Being stuck at home in the middle of a global pandemic evidently brings the best out of some bands; Canadian garage punks The Vicious Cycles are one of them.

Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, they released their third full-length album Motorcyco last year, and very good it was too.

Full of hooks, big choruses and some of the dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll I’ve heard in ages, it was a fine album.

Not content to rest on their laurels, they recently released a split single with fellow Canadian motorbike fans Territories (reviewed here).

Now they’re back with Sandpaper, a digital single inspired by being told to stay in quarantine to help to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recorded from their band members’ homes, and with a video featuring them anmd some of the their friends, it’s about a feeling everyone can probably relate to – washing your hands until they feel they’ve turned to sandpaper.

They’re not seeking sympathy though; they’re reminding us that we’re all in this together, and sharing the experience of living through these strangest and most awful of times.

You can listen to the track on: Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music.

“Sandpaper on top of my knuckles, empty cupboards and tight belt buckles…I can’t come out and you can’t come over” are lyrics we can all relate to, and you’ll want to hear it over and over again.

Gary Welford owner