Vanity Strikes is a 4 piece Metalcore band hailing from Rochester, NY. VS was formed in the beginning of 2009 by guitarist Kevin Murphy. With the additions of vocalist Daniel Case, bassist Robert Weston and drummer Brandon Umbanhowar, this incredibly hardworking line up has become a force that will surely have a commanding presence in the music scene. Vanity Strikes has toured with such signed acts as I Set My Friends on Fire, The Bunny The Bear, The Funeral Portrait, Whether I, and others. Vanity Strikes has also been playing notable shows and festivals like Warped Tour 2016 (Ernie Ball main stage winners, Darien Center, NY 2016) Imatter Festival (Memphis May Fire, Blessthefall, Fit for a King, Counterparts), As well as opening for bands such as Asking Alexandria, We Came as Romans, Miss May I, Motionless in White, Oceano, Sworn in and many others.
In 2014, Vanity Strikes released their EP entitled "The Flame", Produced by Guitarist Kevin Murphy at Oblivion Studios. The Flame includes such tracks as "On My Own" featuring Ice Nine Kills vocalist Spencer Charnas, as well as "This Affliction", Which showcases the diverse sound that they have to offer! "The Flame" EP has sold over 5,000 copies to date. Vanity Strikes recorded and released a video for their single "Come To Life" in January of 2016. The Music Video was filmed and directed by Sam Link, who worked with such acts as Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, and Crown the Empire. In April/ May of 2016, VS entered Oblivion Studios again to record a new full length album, with a release date TBA. In Summer of 2016, the four boys took to the lines of Warped Tour and sold about 6000 copies of the "Vanity Strikes" sampler, which featured tracks off "The Flame" and off the upcoming record they have completed to promote the new upcoming album.
Vanity Strikes has become one of the hardest working DIY bands in the scene today. With strong networking, industry knowledge, and the will to get to the next level, VS will fight, claw, and do whatever it takes to succeed in todays music industry.
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.. The members of Fairport-based rock band Vanity Strikes say most of their musical inspiration comes from life experiences. Judging by their ages, you'd think that those experiences would be fairly limited. .. .. Drummer Kenny Krieger is 19 years old, and lead guitarist Kevin Murphy is 17. Lead singer/guitarist Danny Case and bassist Rob Weston both are 18. Yet, despite that, the guys are starting to make a name for themselves by crafting a hard-hitting, mature rock sound influenced by such bands as Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin. .. ..
Murphy started Vanity Strikes in 2006, when he was 13. But it didn't get off the ground until recently, having gone through several lineups and musical styles. .. .. "I never really thought this would actually come to life," he says. "Now, it seems like things are exactly where I want them to be." Vanity Strikes' first in-studio recording, "Beneath The Skin," was released in January of 2009, produced by Rochester native Dave Fondiller at Time Bomb Studios in Boston. The band's current lineup was set this past October with the addition of Weston. .. .. "Hearing that song finished was inspiration for me," says Krieger. "I was actually really close to quitting. I just felt like we weren't getting anywhere. It was a boost." .. .. The band's positive outlook can best be summed up by its latest single, "No Regrets." The lyrics From the very bottom, tryin' to survive sacrifice/So much just to stay alive, but we have no regrets epitomize band members' willingness to fight for their dream of playing music for a living. .. .. Meanwhile, they plan to hit the studio again in April to record an EP. "With where we're at now, this entire year has been worth it," Krieger says. "I have no regrets about that now." .. .. Story by Troy Smith, credit to Katharine Sidelnik, Insider magazine.
In August 2017 Vanity Strikes released the album Wings of Obstruction with songs from the founding years, at that time under the alternative metal influences of Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Breaking Benjamin. Wings of Obstruction also includes their first single No Regrets, as well as songs from the first EP Beneath the Skin. A return journey to Vanity Strikes's fledgling stage just before they grow up.
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