There is nothing delicate about the track “Ghost” crafted by the Underground Vault, a particularly savage rock n’ blues band from the grey, grimy streets of London town. Dancing atop a bedrock of eviscerating riffs and obtuse lyrics, “Ghost” is a song that will stick in your head like the hazy apparition it was named after. Being visited by his own ghost, front man and heady guitarist Blair Dollery grabbed that epiphany and ran with it. The song was created the day after his visitation, and a frightening enlightenment is present from the very first line: “I wake at night feel a presence in my room”. Blair crafted a fierce track that is ripe with auditory images and apparitions. He decided not to be the slave of his “visit” but to be freed by the encounter, and the major step was by creating a stand out track for his fierce foursome, The Underground Vault.
This track sizzles from the opening riff which is dark and heavy with emotions. Second guitar man Jamie Dove accompanies Blair like blood brothers as the brooding guitar sounds form a captivating din. Pete Sadler moves his bass fluidly along with Dan Young and his fiercely steady drumming. The four piece is cohesive tonally and, like the best bands, seem to organically anticipate each other’s next move.
Blair’s gripping guitar solo flairs like a hot torch. To watch him play live is to see a man on a major mission to push the forgotten guitar grooves of the ’70s back in the forefront. Many bands are playing it “safe”. The UV band are clearly and excitingly dancing on the dangerous side.
The Underground Vault is noticeably a band that take themselves seriously, yet they never seem to crumble under the weight of their steadfast ambitions, an aspect that instantly separates them from any self-serious peer in their immediate orbit. They seem to be at their most comfortable on the UK underground venue circuit, and remained steadfastly unsigned. Hence their name, which marries their subterranean nature with a hint of great hidden treasure and secrets. Despite their enigmatic nature, the UV have been steady gaining fans on the rich UK rock circuit, one of the last significant bastions of guitar-based music on the planet.