RVG – “Nothing Really Changes”


There may never be a better moment in the past few years to be a band anchored in the drama and darkness of a certain strain of ‘80s and early ‘90s pop music. Those suddenly swooning over Kate Bush’s catalog would do well to point their ears towards Aussie exports RVG. The band’s been ably turning the turbulence, decadence, and darkness of Bush, Echo and The Bunnymen, Psychedelic Furs, and PJ Harvey into an album and a half’s worth of insistent and immediate pop hits. Lead by the enigmatic Romy Vager, the band’s sound has hardened on “Nothing Really Changes.” Vager’s vocals remain the focal point of the song, but behind her the band lets the tide rise — dark rivulets of synth, an avalanche of drums, and a growl of guitars and bass. The song feels wounded, feral. Despite its pleas against conflict, the song makes it quite clear that not an inch will be given to its intended target. Vager proves herself the dark and demanding pop voice we need in 2023. The band’s new album, Brain Worms, is out June 2nd from Fire Records.

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