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Vanna
Vanna
Background Information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts
Genre Post-Hardcore[1][2]
Years active 2004-prsent
Label(s) Epitaph
Robotica
Associated Acts Seeker Destroyer
Therefore I Am
The Jonah Veil
Website http://www.vannatheband.com/
Members
Davey Muise
Nicholas Lambert
Evan Pharmakis
Shawn Marquis
Chris Campbell
Former Members
Joe Bragel
Brandon Davis
Chris Preece


Vanna is a post-hardcore band from Boston, MA. Their first full length album, Curses, was released on April 24, 2007.

HistoryEdit

The band formed in December 2004 by both guitarists Evan Pharmakis and Nick Lambert. The duo recorded their first demo in a dorm room at MassArt, using a drum machine. Soon after, they recruited drummer Brandon Davis (who at the time was playing guitar for the band Therefore I Am), bassist Shawn Marquis, and vocalist Joe Bragel. They then recorded and self released their first EP entitled This Will Be Our Little Secret. It was stated by bassist Shawn Marquis that only four or five pressings of forty copies each were produced. The five song EP quickly helped the band gain a strong local fan base. It was this EP that got them noticed, and on November 15, 2005 the band was signed to Epitaph Records. In March 2006 they released a split 7" vinyl with Therefore I Am, of which only 500 hand numbered copies were pressed (100 pink colored vinyl, 100 blue and 300 white). They then began recording their debut album, The Search Party Never Came in February 2006. During the recording process, Vanna decided to part ways with original vocalist Joe Bragel. Nick filled in and took over on vocals for the recording of that album. After the departure of Joe and the release of their debut record in June 2006, they recruited Chris Preece as a full time vocalist.

After the release of The Search Party Never Came, The band toured for the whole summer and fall, and on October 25, 2006, they traveled to Seattle, Washington to record their first full length album with Producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Norma Jean, The Fall of Troy, Pearl Jam). They recorded through November, 2006 and up until December 19, 2006. In February 2007 after recording the album, the band began touring again with The Esoteric and played a few dates on the 2007 Epitaph Tour. Their debut full length Curses was released on April 24, 2007.

On February 15, 2008, drummer Brandon Davis played his last show as a member of Vanna and parted ways with the band during a tour with Knives Exchanging Hands and My Hero Is Me. Brandon states that there is no bad blood between anyone and will go to future Vanna shows. The band finished up the tour with fill-in drummer and good friend of the band, Ryan Seaman. As the band began writing their second full length, they recruited Chris Campbell as the full time drummer. Chris Campbell joined Vanna from the New Hampshire based band, The Jonah Veil, where he also played drums. This came during the process of The Jonah Veil ending their band and playing their last show. Chris Campbell played his debut show at The Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island on March 22, 2008.

Vanna's new album titled A New Hope was released on March 24, 2009. A New Hope reached #31 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[3]

In July 2009, vocalist Chris Preece decided to part ways with the band. Preece, who had contributed his vocals to Curses and A New Hope, left the band citing "personal reasons" and left on good terms with the band. Following the band's summer 2009 tour with A Static Lullaby, Preece was replaced by Davey Muise of Seeker Destroyer.[4] Preece recently played his last show with Vanna at the Mansfield, MA stop of the 2009 Warped Tour where Muise was brought to the stage and introduced. Muise played his first official show with Vanna on Saturday July 25, 2009 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.


They are also known for their series of "webisodes", "Tough Life", and "Band VS. Road".

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Davey Muise – vocals (2009–present)
  • Nicholas Lambert – guitar (2004–present)
  • Evan Pharmakis – guitar, clean vocals (2004–present)
  • Shawn Marquis – bass (2005–present)
  • Chris Campbell – drums (2008–present)

FormerEdit

  • Joe Bragel – vocals (2005–2006)
  • Brandon Davis – drums (2005–2008)
  • Chris Preece – vocals (2006–2009)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Date of Release Title Record Label
April 24, 2007 Curses Epitaph Records
March 24, 2009[5] A New Hope[6] Epitaph Records

EPsEdit

Date of Release Title Record Label
2005 Demo Self Released
August 2005 This Will Be Our Little Secret Self Released
March 10, 2006 Therefore I Am / Vanna Robotica Records
June 6, 2006 The Search Party Never Came Wikipedia:Epitaph Records Epitaph Records

Compilations featured onEdit

Date of Release Compilation Title Track Title Record Label
Winter 2006 Epitaph Sampler That Champagne Feeling (Demo) Wikipedia:Epitaph Records Epitaph Records
June 6, 2006 Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (Disc 2) A Dead Language For A Dying Lady Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records
June 6, 2006 Unsound Volume 1 I Am The Wind Epitaph Records
June 20, 2006 Purevolume Epitaph Digital Summer Sampler The Search Party Never Came Epitaph Records
Summer 2006 Epitaph Sampler The Search Party Never Came Epitaph Records
December 2006 Purevolume 'Epitaph Tour 2007' Digital Sampler The Things He Carried Epitaph Records
Winter 2007 Epitaph Sampler Country Boys...Goddamn Epitaph Records
March 23, 2007 Hails & Horns Volume 3 Sampler The Things He Carried Epitaph Records
June 5, 2007 Warped Tour Compilation (Disc 2) The Things He Carried Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records
Summer 2007 Epitaph Sampler The Alarm Epitaph Records
October 2007 Purevolume & Epitaph Halloween Digital Sampler We Ate The Horse You Rode In On Epitaph Records
June 9, 2009 Warped Tour 2009 Compilation (Disc 2) Into Hell's Mouth We March Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records

ReferencesEdit

  1. "VANNA To Release 'A New Hope' In March - Jan. 29, 2009" Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  2. "Artist Bio - Vanna" Epitaph.com. Retrieved on January 30, 2009.
  3. Billboard, Allmusic
  4. New Vanna Vocalist
  5. Vanna Release Date/Cover Art
  6. Alternative Press Magazine #247, pg. 28

External linksEdit


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