I first discovered Vinyl Theatre the usual way I discover new bands, sitting next to an insane man who started talking to me on a night bus. I can be quite social at times, but in the cold flickering light of a warm-sick smelling N8, my patience with strangers – regardless of how many times they touch my knee – wears thin. While he, quite convincingly, recanted the time he fought “about a dozen Russian guys”, I slowly reached for my red (
not pink) headphones and casually rested them onto my head, making sure to nod the whole time to confirm I was listening, but now had to listen to some important work-related audio. Now I’m no gesticulation expert, but from the way he emphasised every other word with a low-punch in my direction, I can only assume that the Achilles heel of an angry Russian guy, is his groin. Take note Ukraine, aim high by aiming low.
So it was during this delightful episode I shuffled my way through my recently downloaded playlist (sourced from about a hundred music blogs) and landed upon Vinyl Theatre’s incredible earworm ‘Breaking Up My Bones’. I tapped the “song repeat” function and it became my soundtrack home. One song, one hour, dozens of bus-based idiots trying to spoil my enjoyment of this perfect tune.
I frantically emailed the band the next day about releasing this song on POST/POP, because everyone needs to protect themselves from people who try to talk to you on buses right? They replied with one better and they agreed to a release of their recent EP “CHROMATIC” on Ltd Edition Cassette Tape. The good guys win and everyone is happy. Below is some official info about the band:
Together, Keegan, Josh, Nick, and Chris have found a strong sense of camaraderie in music and each other, writing and performing as a cohesive unit. In one another, they have found balance, chemistry, and an intense and unwavering bond. And in music, they have found something worth fighting for, something with no limit or expiration date, something they believe in. Even in their title, “Vinyl Theatre”, the guys have strategically placed elements of the band’s dedication. Not only evoking a feel that fits their style, the name emphasizes musicianship and performance, and serves as a reminder to the band of their fans, who the band says they “ultimately do this for, on and off the stage.”
Claiming influences such as Two Door Cinema Club, The Killers, The Shins, and Death Cab For Cutie, Vinyl Theatre has taken what they’ve learned from these groups with a grain of salt, making a conscious effort to focus on their personal sound and progression being distinctly their own and separate from their influences. The band defines their music as modern indie rock with elements of electronica and pop, a sound that is “unique and differentiating.” Marked with bright synths, catchy hooks, lush vocal harmonies, and loud guitars, and described by critics as “mellowly loud”, “pop-savvy”, and “delightfully dancy”, Vinyl Theatre has a powerful sound all their own that has been well-received by fans and critics alike.
Having performed at venues and events such as Shank Hall, Bastille Days, and Yellow Phone Music Conference in Milwaukee, and Beat Kitchen and MOBfest in Chicago, the young group has had a fair amount of exposure to various fan bases in the past year. Vinyl Theatre has also opened for national touring acts twenty-one pilots, Royal Teeth, Parade of Lights, Makeshift Prodigy, Chappo, Five Knives, and Quiet Company. They have been featured on websites such as Frontiers LA, MadeLoud, JSOnline, and Milwaukee’s own Breaking and Entering as band of the month. Vinyl Theatre’s single “I Need You Here” was world premiered on California’s KX 93.5FM in Laguna Beach where their music is in regular rotation. Their music is also currently receiving heavy airplay in Europe, Milwaukee’s own FM 102.1 and WMUR, Marquette University Radio.
Yes, they do sound a bit like Two Door Cinema Club but the big difference is that Vinyl Theatre sing with the accents they were born with.
Hear the whole thing below:
Great right? You can order it digitally direct from the band on Itunes using this snazzy link: http://smarturl.it/CHROMATIC
and you can PREORDER THE LTD EDITION TAPE USING THIS LINK (or click on that picture of HETTIE on the right): http://postpoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/chromatic
OR you can buy off the band at their shows as they have half of them. this is how you contact/find them online:
Tip: As POST/POP is getting more POST/POPULAR, the speed at which these tapes are selling increases, so if you want one, get it in the preorder rather than wait for the release date on 16th of June 2014.