In a follow up from 2021’s LOUDMOUTH, VIAL return with a short fit of rage entitled Burnout. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes the album epitomises girly pop-punk much akin to that of Olivia Rodrigo.

A study in feminine rage this album tackles subjects ranging from chronic illness, to friendship breakdowns and even hitting on your friend’s dad, which plays out on the track ur dad, a role-reversal of the classic pop-punk track of Stacy’s Mom.

 Burnout also includes a few interludes, one such being therapy pt. iii, a mock therapy session which seamlessly flows into the following track just fine, a song all too familiar for so many who don’t feel happy but also don’t feel as bad as they have been, they’re just quite content with being fine.

All in all, this album plays into the current pop-punk revival we are living through. With ripping tracks like falling short and apathy, it’s short but sweet. Just like this review!

Vial: Burnout – Out 29th March 2024 (Get Better Records)

– falling short (Official Music Video) (

Megan Barton

Meg is a proud Mancunian and Music Journalist. She started out by writing press releases for bands in her free time, but now runs her own website Dyrti which she plans to expand in the near future. She loves Lester Bangs and Tony Wilson and has interviewed bands such as Cabbage, Oceans On Mars and Adult Cinema. You will more often than not find her somewhere in the Northern Quarter.