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Seattle, United States (2011 – present)
Vibragun is a band from Seattle that’s like a fuzzy storm of reverberating guitar distortion, melting into expansive soundscapes with male/female vocals. Their debut album, ‘Vibragun’, chronicles songwriter Joel Bergstrom’s experiences living around the world but finding identity and redemption in his adopted home.

In the summer of 2011 Joel Bergstrom took a chance on fronting his own band. His experiences in art-damaged goth outfits, post-metal noiseniks, romantic punk rock and shoegaze bands in Seattle was the starting point from which Vibragun came into existence.

He recorded a three song EP with former Film School drummer James Smith. The EP gained attention from music writers and bloggers who were impressed by Vibragun’s reimagining of alternative and shoegaze bands from the 90’s like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver.

Soon after, Joel enlisted a full band with his partner Amber Smith and they made a brief run to SXSW. A couple months later they bunkered down at the house of producer and engineer Evan Foster, outside Seattle city limits. What followed was eight months of intense recording for their first self-titled album.

Sonically, ‘Vibragun’ samples from a variety of British and American alternative rock bands of the 80’s and 90’s. The music is direct and immediate while the lyrics are abstract impressions of alienation and the struggle to find a sense of identity in a vast, modern world. Key track ‘Send Me to Dream’ is a driving thriller set against the images of a “dead dog, suburban lawn”. On the other side, ‘Dream Disintegrate’ seems to be in the same vein at first glance, but it highlights another side of the band led by Smith’s uplifting vocals.


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