REVIEW: Vukovi - 'Fall Better'
It’s always refreshing to see a band flex their rebellious nature. VUKOVI are exactly that. Rebellious. They embody the eternal flame of Pop-Punk / Alt-Rock.
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It’s always refreshing to see a band flex their rebellious nature. VUKOVI are exactly that.
Rebellious. They embody the eternal flame of Pop-Punk / Alt-Rock. Glasgow’s own Janine
Shilstone leads out her “beautiful army of weirdos” into 2020 alongside guitarist (and the
band’s other half) Hamish Reilly to the euphoric sound of new album “Fall Better”.

Janine’s story is that of a woman trapped in someone else’s dream as she auditioned for
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of “The Wizard of Oz” in London’s West End. She’d have to
summon all of her heart, mind and courage to forge a new path towards the formation of
VUKOVI. Fast-forward to 2020 and the band are going from strength to strength along their
own yellow brick road.

VUKOVI’s music is both melodic and powerful in its own right. Instant classics “Aura”,
“C.L.A.U.D.I.A” & “Where Are You” send tingles down the spine with stadium ready
anthems. “17359” & “Verify Your Worth” among others allude to the pseudo-modern
slavery we endure to societal expectation surrounding self-worth.

Woven deeply into VUKOVI’s rich tapestry is their fighting spirit towards life’s often
overwhelming hidden battles. Janine’s personal struggles with Thought Action Fusion (form
of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) are echoed within the majority of “Fall Better”.

“I want to be original. I want to be unique. I want to be now,” says Janine. And who can
blame her? In a society obsessed with fake Instagram personas, fad diets, and ‘perfect’
lifestyles, its commendable to have the audacity to be different with a sort of fearless
swagger that would make Bruce Lee blush.

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