There are currently two groups listed that share the name Vaudeville:
1) (Minneapolis, MN alternative, hardrock, electronic)
Vaudeville, brainchild of Coon Rapids, MN native Christopher Gummeson, began in the fall of 2007. In the summer of 2008 Vaudeville won a battle of the bands competition sending them to Nashville to record their debut album, "Dismantle the Sky" with Chris Mara. During the same summer the band would also win a battle giving them a slot at the Minnesota State Fair. As anticipation for the album grew, Vaudeville landed a show opening for We the Kings, Forever the Sickest Kids, The Cab and Never Shout Never. In the summer of 2009 the band would return to the studio to finish up recording the album and adding the sprinkles to the cake with Joe Churchich of Squeaky Clean Audio. Churchich would end up guiding the band through some of the hardest steps of the recording and distributing process. Vaudeville would be little more then just another band with no direction if it were not for Joe. "Dismantle the Sky" was released only weeks after its final touches in the middle of that very summer. Just recently the album has transferred over to digital and can now be found on the internet. It'll only be a matter of time before the band is noted on itunes and amazon of all place online.
In Today's music scene, most notable the state of Minnesota, bands tend to lean toward a pop punk or metal influence rather than something more technical and beautiful and still catchy. Vaudeville was created under one rule and one rule only. Creativity. In Vaudeville there are no limits. We seek to inspire. We seek to bridge the gap in those genres and offer something with more soul then your usual bit of music. By definition 'vaudeville' is a variety show and through our artistry we hope to gradually and constantly change and grow into that band while still speaking out on the issues in life that matter most. Welcome to Vaudeville.
2) (A Los Angeles, CA alternative,band)
By definition, Vaudeville is a satirical variety show. Vaudeville, a trio of musicians from the suburbs of Los Angeles, creates music similar to the vaudevillian ideal; to provide variety, humor and to entertain. Combining many genres to produce a sound that is both retro and modern, Vaudeville’s music has something for everyone. Many of their songs revolve around recurring characters and themes, creating their own musical world. The songs are at times progressive, but keep simple and melodic vibes without being over-indulgent.
The band writes and records predominately as a trio, but often brings other musician friends (both in studio and live) to add texture to the songs. Vaudeville has shard the stage with many Los Angeles bands, like neighbors dios (malos), The Monolators and Mika Miko, as well as touring bands like NOMO. Drummer, Sean Johnson, has also played extensively with many Los Angeles acts including, Honeyhoney, Correatown and The Sweet Hurt. Due to all of this, the band has created a strong and dedicated fan base that is always growing.
Vaudeville has also scored a few independent features. “Pee Stains and Other Disasters”, starring P.J. Soles (Rock and Roll High School) and “Slaughter Party”, starring many beloved b-movie stars, are just 2. Both films were featured in many film festivals and are available through online rental distributors. Scoring films is a major long term goal for the band.
Vaudeville also gets regular airplay at Los Angeles’ influential college radio station KXLU, and as well many other stations throughout the country. Their self released 2006 release “Crystal Lake” 7” and 2007 released “Planets” EP (in which they recorded 9 songs to represent each planet) still sell consistently at shows, independent record stores and various online distributors. Their brand new, full length album, “Vaudeville” is now officially out on OTIK RECORDS. It is varied in styles but keeps the same consistent creative energy throughout. Using barely any electronic instruments, the album has a warm, organic quality to it that works for both folk and rock fans.
Always writing new material, Vaudeville’s greatest ambition is to create and experiment as much as possible in the studio.
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