ARTIST: VISION QUEST
TITLE: BEAR WITNESS
LABEL: CREW CUTS
WORDS: DEC SHERRY
Doubling down on their blend of contemporary hardcore with a clear Youth Crew influence, Vision Quest are definitely ones to watch. Last year the band released their Self-Titled EP in line with shows up and down the country, including appearances at Upsurge Festival and supporting Backtrack and Shelter solidified Vision Quest as ones to watch.
Bear Witness doesn’t disappoint as across seven minutes the band smash through decades-worth of influences whilst managing to condense serious and important issues into fast-paced short songs. Across such a short record, Vision Quest manage to address a range of topics from veganism to anti-authoritarianism; each song may address earnest issues though the bombastic sounds of the band and their positivity keep the record from ever sounding ominous or bleak.
Vision Quest’s mix of contemporary hardcore’s heavier hitting sounds and the bands influence from older sounds from hardcore’s history like VQ’s blatant Youth Crew inspiration aren’t just two different sounds that the band have put together. Sure, there are songs where heavy hitting riffs collide with a heavy dose of rhythm like on Hot Drop, but the band masterfully fuse the two together giving them a unique sound that perfectly suits vocalist Saskia’s vocal stylings.
“THIS RECORD MANAGES TO SHOWCASE WHY VISION QUEST ARE FAST BECOMING ONE OF UKHC’S MOST INTERESTING BANDS”
Like the band’s music, the lyrical balance on Bear Witness is masterfully done; the record’s lyrical themes are a collision of those of the genres the band are inspired by. Both the venom and angst of heavy hardcore are present, but the positivity and anti-meat message of the bands of Revelation Record fame is also present across the record. Vision Quest essentially delivers a fresh, modern answer to the bands that Revelation was famous for in the late 80s/early 90s.
While this isn’t even 10 minutes of music, this record manages to showcase why Vision Quest are fast becoming one of UKHC’s most interesting bands. While many bands take inspiration from Hardcore old and new, Vision Quest manage to create something that is both uniquely theirs but also embodies the strongest aspects of their sonic inspirations.