Here’s a lineup of our next few shows! Be sure to come party with us this spring!
We did it. We officially made an album. Just got the first 100 physical copies in the mail. Keep your eyes peeled for the official release or stream it for free online! #thevains #itsgoodtobeback #punx
UPDATE: The end is nigh, my friends! Today we received the last few final tracks from the new album! Needless to say, we’re thrilled to be able to listen to it in full. And it sounds pretty good, so that’s certainly a plus. While we’ve all been waiting, I’ve been doing a little cleaning up with our social media materials, so keep an eye out for a new appearance to our Facebook, Bandcamp and Tumblr pages.
We’re extremely excited to call March 25th, 2014 the official release date of our first record titled, “It’s Good to Be Back.” We’ve been so many hours into writing, recording and creating this collection of songs and we can hardly wait to share it with you!
Be sure to check in with us periodically to see what we’re up to and where we’re playing next!
So it’s been a few since we last reached out to you guys. Sorry about that. We’ve had a lot of stuff going on within the band and that’s why I’m writing to you today. I’m sure there are few people out there wondering what happened to us, based on the fact that we’ve essentially dropped off the map for what has been a little over a month, so here’s the skinny.
After our last show at Bogart’s in August, Jake, Alex, and I moved into a house together in Cincinnati. We’re all really pumped to have the opportunity to live together, because we believe it’s going to make writing and practicing a lot easier as well as help us develop our sound and become a better band. However, in addition to being in the Vains, all four of us are college students with jobs. Kris, our drummer, just started his first year of college. He’s living on campus instead of living in the house with us. He’s also a really, really smart guy, so he’s double majoring and minoring, which we think is awesome. What’s not awesome is that he has significantly less time for the band than he’s ever had. So little time that we haven’t been able to have practice since our last show back in August. We had initially planned on taking a weeklong break from practice after school started so that we would have time to settle into our schedules and prepare ourselves for the year ahead. Instead, one week turned into two, and somehow two weeks turned into a month. We lost contact with Kris for a while and essentially took a hiatus that we did not intend on taking, which has become a serious set back for the band. We haven’t even gotten the chance to finish our record because so much has been happening in our lives outside of the Vains. So, with all that said, and after many hours of discussion with the whole band, we’ve decided that ultimately Kris will be leaving the band. He’s got too much on his plate to keep up with the band, and the band has to keep working in order for the Vains to be successful. This is probably the single greatest bummer the Vains have ever experienced, but we feel it’s best for all of us this way.
So where do we go next? Well, Kris hasn’t officially left yet. This is just a formal announcement of his impending departure. The first step is going to be finishing the record. We’re going to the studio tomorrow to put the finishing touches on the songs, and after that the recording process will be complete. Not all of the songs that we had initially planned on putting on the record are going to make the cut. We’ve dropped both ‘Stitches’ and ‘New Mexico Moon’ for a total of 12 tracks on the finished album. To make up for it, we’ve recorded an acoustic version of ‘American Darling’, which is available now, as well as an acoustic version of a new song called ‘Out to Sea’. Hopefully that’s sufficient collateral. And to all you folks who donated to our Kickstarter campaign- Your stuff is coming! We’re waiting to start sending out rewards until the album is finished. It’s just easier to be able to send it all out at once. Please bear with us.
Despite this major setback, we do plan on continuing to write music, play shows and release content. Kris’ last show with us will be a yet-to-be-scheduled release show for the record. After that, we will be in search of a new full time drummer. Our friend Ryan Ulrich from The Breezy Hobbits will be filling in for us until a permanent replacement is secured.
I know this was long winded, but it’s been one hell of a month and we had a lot to touch base on. If you made it this far, thanks for reading, thanks for being there, and thanks for listening. We’re here to stay. We hope you’ll stick around too.