Major label debut of grandiose Seattle-based punks
Vendetta Red caused something of a minor sensation in 2002, with volatile live shows?singer Zach Davidson once inadvertently chewed someone’s skull while stagediving?that won them an astronomical deal with Epic. Between The Never And The Now showcases why, combining fiery, earnest emo-punk with the stadium dynamics of U2 and The Who. At The Drive-In and Sunny Day Real Estate are other plausible comparisons, but neither had quite such shameless anthemic clout. One worry for their paymasters, though: while Vendetta Red seem like a perfect hybrid to satisfy both hardcore and trad rock fans, there’s a chance they might actually alienate the conservative majorities of both tribes.