There is a grandeur about unassuming and unprentious folk-tinged indie rock outfit, The Vanderbuilts. Could it be the enchanting Vanderbilt Mansion near lead singer/guitarist Sam Kogon’s childhood home after which The Vanderbuilts were named that gives this Syracuse-based group their splendor? Nay - It is something more terrestrial, more tangible – great authentic songs, gifted musicianship, and a pure, familiar sound.
The quintet comprised of Kogon, multi-instrumentalist Dave Riddell, violinist Aya Yamamoto, bassist Max Newland, and drummer Grennan Milliken formed in the fall of 2010. The band quickly rose through the ranks of the Syracuse, NY music scene. In the spring of 2011 the band released their debut EP entitled Far From Here. The stop-less concept EP is part social commentary, part hopeless love story, part call to action – it can be found for free on the band’s website: : www.thevanderbuilts.com
The band is presently working on tracking their first LP to be made available later this year. The LP will be an anthology of material The Vanderbuilts have amassed in the past year and will include fan favorites such as “I’m Coming Home” and “She Takes The Cake.” Don’t miss it - The Vanderbuilts are a band to watch.
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