VANIISH really sticks with you

Driven by the drums of Joy Division, guitar lines from The Cure, vocals echoing Blessure Grave and Sad Lovers and Giants surrounding content regarding a mother’s death, this is VANIISH.  And it is very good. Part of a new breed of Goth influenced post punk bands using double vowels like DIIV, this is our new MUUSIIC.

Where The Cure sing “I’m alive…and dead” VANIISH sing “I’m alive…I’m alive” so clearly you can see they are coming from a different place. Spool Going Round suggest the band remove all images of band members as to add to the mystery and further intrigue the listener to view this as their own musical journey.  We look forward to seeing live dates posted where the band will perform behind a black curtain and the music with clearly arrive and then VANIISH.

Here is what the press release has to say.


The San Francisco 4-piece VANIISH began when singer/guitarist Keven Tecon (Wax Idols, ex- The Soft Moon) left his previous bands after his mother’s death in early 2013.  “I was on tour in Eastern Europe in the middle of winter when it happened and it was too much to handle.  I couldn’t keep it up.”  After returning home Tecon decided to focus entirely on a new project along with fellow Wax Idols member Amy Rosenoff (bass) and SF music-scene luminaries Adam Beck (guitar/keyboards) and Nick Ott (drums).  The album “Memory Work” is both dense and spacious, combining the atmosphere of early 4AD with the psychedelic shoegaze of Creation Records. It envelopes the listener into its world of eerie soundscapes and surreal lyrics.  “There is an interesting mix of synths, guitars, samples, drum machines, and live drums.  We like the idea that you can’t tell what’s real and what isn’t.”  The album was produced by Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols)

The title track is the sound of machines breathing and fluids pumping, with a pulse beat overladen with brush strokes of synth.  “Kaleidoscoped” ditches the monochrome for crystallized shards of guitar and a sparkling chorus that’s hard to see coming.  “Search and Replace” is vicious and would be more at home in 2080 than 1980 while the addictive melody of “Merge” is the closest the album comes to an actual pop song.  “Succession” gives the second side of the album some breathing room with it’s sparse production and icy spikes of guitar.  Lush album closer “La foi au fil de l’eau”, sung entirely in French, could easily find its way onto a film score.

Spool Going Round believes that last track would have fit nicely on the “Marie Antoinette” movie soundtrack.   Pre-order VANIISH “Memory Work” tracklisting below.

1. In Images

2. Memory Work

3. Kaleidoscoped

4. Fragment Fatigue

5. Search and Replace

6. Merge

7. Succession

8. Observatory Time

9. Loss of Sensation

10. Cold Fascination

11. La foi au fil de l’eau


About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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