Location: Saint Paul, MN
Alternative, Other, Rock
J, Mau, Evo and Ben
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VIA formed on 04.07.13 and released their single “Closets” 04.20.13 and haven’t looked back since. Releasing their debut EP “Acid” on July 19th a nice 3 months later. A week afterward they opened for the internationally known Smile Empty Soul. These guys don’t need time to do the seemingly impossible. Also were one of the top 5 bands in the nation for RockStar’s Uproar Festival 08.07.13. Already having accomplished more than most bands would dream of in less than 4 months. Blowing up is inevitable. Best get on their wagon sooner than later.
VIA is best described as a vocally driven, hard rock group. Quite a bit heavier than what you'd typically find in the local Indie Rock scene, but ear pleasing with melodic twists. Inspired and driven by some of the best grunge music of our time. Dirty and gritty and catchy as hell.
Jason, who sings lead vocals (and by sings, I mean belts out crazy notes in perfect key with a naturally grungy yet captivating voice) has brought a bit of his previous work into this new project. Jason has dabbled in bass and rhythm guitar but has always been a vocalist/singer/songwriter at the core. His previous projects have allowed him to write music in different genres, amongst them punk, pop and classic rock. His most recent project, Aphrodisiaddicts, was a jazz infused bluesy rock group to die for. All the while, during those projects, he was secretly writing music for VIA, although he didn't know it at the time :) The songs you'll hear today have had years of tweaking and even though they probably didn't need it, the end result is quite amazing. Jason has a writing style that you won't see very often. He plays in chords that drive most guitarists nuts but they're fantastic to listen to. But the true magic comes out in his vocals, where just as you think he cant get any higher he'll hit you with a heart stopping note that will leave you wanting more. Jason and Matt met just as VIA was getting off the ground and it's a damn good thing they did. Matt gives VIA the edge it needs and produces combinations on the drums that are somewhat inhuman at times. Matt also has an extensive background in music. His last band was a post hardcore gig called Cue The Doves. It's no wonder he makes his job look so effortless. He'll pull out a pause when you're least expecting it and follow it up by some of the most intricate drum solos I've heard. The two newest members of the band, Mauricio (bass) and Eric (lead guitar), just jumped on board thanks to rocking auditions. Mauricio, also seasoned musically, plays a six string for this gig and plays it well. In fact, so well that he beat out some pretty tough competition. He's a performer at heart and he'll grab your attention......or demand it :) Watching him finger bang his six string is like watching a porno on acid. He is another one that can get up there and make what he does look so effortless and captivating all at the same time. He's a true rocker and you take one look at him and see that. Listening to him play only confirms it. The band admits that the search for a guitarist was the hardest by far. They were looking for something very specific in a lead player and luckily they found it in Eric, or Evo as his band mates call him. Evo has been active in the music scene for the last ten years. He's played lead for a few different gigs over the years, the most recent being Maybe Saints whom you may be familiar with due to their radio play. Evo has a very wide taste in music, as he admits to being a very influential part of his playing. He's well rounded and fits well into the band. You can sense his experience, the way he effortlessly picks his spots to shine, and compliments the music throughout the song. Among his hard core solos, Evo steals the show and is a riot to watch. He breathes, sweats and bleeds music all around.
These four guys get along like best buds and play together as if they've been a band for years. You can sense the chemistry, and the music speaks to their 'vibe' as a band. They're all business and fight hard for their goals as a gigging band. They completed their band on April 7th of 2013 and by 4/20/13 had released their first single to the public. They've since recorded multiple more songs and will be releasing their first full CD in July.
Watch for these guys to blow up in the local music scene, and keep an eye on their page for show updates. Get a front row seat so you can say you them 'when'. VIARockVIARoll my friends.
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