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A piece of paper may seem flimsy, but once it’s folded into something it becomes stronger, its weakness suddenly transformed. That’s true for people, too: Once you recognize your weaknesses you can shift them to become your strengths. You can become like that piece of once-flimsy paper, now folded into origami. That’s the premise behind Vinyl Theatre’s dynamic second album, which takes the title Origami to represent the idea that you have the power to reform your personal limitations.
Origami marks a massive growth for Vinyl Theatre. The guys originally started writing songs together nine years ago via Skype, but didn’t officially form as a band until three years back when they unveiled their Chromatic EP in the summer of 2014. Since the release of Electrogram a few months later, the band has toured with Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools, The Mowgli’s and Dashboard Confessional among others, and headlined Summerfest in their hometown of Milwaukee. Being on the road so much has pushed the musicians to become even better, which is reflected in the new songs. They’re driven by a sense of pride in their work, always aiming to do more and to create music that is hopeful and encouraging to those who listen. For them, Origami is about embracing who you are and using that knowledge to become stronger.
“Even when something feels paper thin you can make anything out of it,” Keegan says. “You can make anything out of yourself, too, when you realize what you’re made of.”
Colin Rigsby, who has been playing drums since the age of 12, took a stab at civilian life following more than a decade of writing, recording, and touring the world with his band House of Heroes, but it didn't take very well. What started out as a remedy for restlessness, however, soon developed into a full-blown passion and the beginnings of Rigsby's new solo project--Vesperteen.
Within a few months of going solo Rigsby had penned a new batch of songs and teamed up with his good friend and accomplished music producer, Jesse Cale, to produce Vesperteen's self-titled debut EP, which was released in September 2015.
Vesperteen's pop/rock sound, reminiscent of bands like The 1975 and Bleachers, has connected with a large audience. In just over a year, Rigsby has accrued more than 30,000 followers across social media platforms and generated 1,000,000 plays on Spotify as an independent artist.
I THE VICTOR
After a year of playing solo-acoustic shows and building an initial fan base, in late 2014 I The Victor re-branded into the kaleidoscopic solo project we know today, spanning the eclectic sounds of alternative pop to reggae and rhythmic rap into a blend of color and vibrancy.
The band (solo project, really) spent 2016 recording and writing an anticipated followup EP and releasing back to back to back music videos from singles off the most recent EP Pause which charted on the Top 200 Alternative iTunes Charts in late 2015. Additionally, ITV spent several months in spring and summer traveling across the east coast and midwest playing to as many people as possible; the band also snagged opening slots for pop rock heavy hitters Against The Current, Public, SayWeCanFly and more.
Big and small shows alike, it’s been about growing and spreading a message of positivity, a notion catching on quick amongst the project’s growing following. Hope and positivity are fresh concepts in a sea of songs about anything and everything but. With a mixture of unique sound, a passionate live show, a growing following, and the creativity to match, this self proclaimed positivity project is one to watch for in the coming year.