Vended are the burgeoning rock band that features the sons of Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Shawn "Clown" Crahan — Griffin Taylor and Simon Crahan — on lead vocals and drums, respectively.
The band first formed in 2018, with Taylor and Crahan posting videos of their group online including covers of their dads’ band.
They are a heavy joy-ride of hard rock riffing, pummelling hardcore bounce and doom-y breakdowns. It’s also a clear statement that the five-piece – completed by guitarists Cole Espeland and Connor Grodzicki, alongside bassist Jeremiah Pugh – are not content to ride the coattails of their big ticket relative.
Crahan is a force to be reckoned with – bringing a monstrous energy and groove to the track – while Taylor no doubt carries his dad’s vocal DNA, but it’s no knock-off. He has every inch of Corey’s rampaging range (from whispered psycho-babble to Tyrannosaur roar) but also the character and imagination to take it to fresh territory.
It seems it's not about the names, though. There is no ‘meat in the room’ here: Pugh and Crahan have the rhythm section in vicious lock, while Espeland and Grodzicki bring an enthralling combination of frantic, wah-laden lead work and freight-train thrash to the table. It’s a clever arrangement, too – leaving space for each of them to exert a little muscle.