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VAST stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theater, and is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and musician Jon Crosby.

VAST’s sound is identifiable as ambient electro-rock with considerable industrial and acoustic influences, usually made with Crosby’s traditional acoustic guitar, electronic instruments and processing, drum-driven tracks, and heavy bass. In recent years, however, VAST’s sound has been more identifiable with acoustic rock in releases such as April and Me and You.

The musical outfit began in rather minimalist fashion when Jon was only sixteen, with the other members of the outfit being a drum machine and a bass player.

Their real rise to fame began when a local radio station granted consistent air-time to their demo tape, after which Crosby sent demo tapes to New York City recording companies, eventually signing with Elektra Records. Thomas Froggatt, Steve Clark, and Rowan Robertson made up the hastily-assembled band along with Crosby. After touring America and releasing their first album named simply Visual Audio Sensory Theater (1998), they began work on a second album, entitled Music for People (2000). Before it was finished, Robertson left in pursuit of a solo career. After auditioning, Justin Cotta was chosen to replace him. The new quartet began another US tour. In 2001, Cotta and Clark decided to leave the band to form their own.

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  • vjekoslav55

    Thrown away is on top 5

    23 Mar 8:29am Reply
  • korkywolf

    Here >3

    28 Feb 9:44pm Reply
  • Iwasborntostare

    3 songs in, and these works in progress are amazing. It's been too long.

    15 Jan 5:27pm Reply
  • gabriellogan

    My favs from the Works in Progress are definitely "Trail of Tears" and "The The Thing They Took"

    15 Jan 4:53am Reply
  • jakedyas

    I agree with 9Nails, Jon Crosby should not be auto-corrected to VAST !!!

    10 Jan 7:30am Reply
  • jakedyas

    "It's time" is my personal favourite from "works in progress" so far, followed by "Noise", "Desperate". However, I very much appreciate most of the other songs as well. So, "It's time" for the next VAST album. :)

    10 Jan 7:22am Reply
  • 9Nails

    Whisper My Name In Your Heart has to be my favourite from "Works In Progress". What are you guys' favourites from the "album" so far?

    10 Jan 12:47am Reply
  • de-enigma

    This looks less spam'ish http://vast.me/worksinprogress.htm

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • de-enigma

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    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Lyarina

    Awesome music, love them so!

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Timitzi

    Great musician.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rog-as

    Sometimes Jon Crosby reminds me Jim Morrison and Mark Lanegan %)

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • CovinS2

    Took me way too long, but April finally clicked.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rover_spun

    Land of Shame should definitely be in the top 15.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • 9Nails

    v No shit, Sherlock. Doesn't change the fact that Jon Crosby has released albums under his own name, and not VAST, and it should be tagged thereafter.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • neworder36

    Jon Crosby = VAST

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • GagaDeLaRouX

    ''flames'',what an intense song

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • Uber_Frau

    Can't get enough of the Me and You album lately. Definitely a soundtrack for Summer 2013.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • 9Nails

    Bothers the hell outta me that Jon Crosby is being auto corrected to VAST! Yeah, I know, you can turn of the auto correction, but it shouldn't have to be necessary. :/ Yes, I am one of those tag-whores.

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • Vampyric

    Cassandra-Leo: I feel VAST's best albums are Music for the People and VAST (self-titled). I feel their other releases are competent enough but lack the passion and imagination of the first two releases. Music for the people has a more classical sounding influence, as opposed to the industrial, tribal sound of VAST. It works for me; I find it haunting, atmospheric and strangely uplifting. So, yeah - I would recommend Music for People to get you started. I would also urge you to get hold of "A Complete Demonstration" - there are some obscure gems to be had on it...

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
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