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INTERVIEW: The Vics

How would you classify your music?

We often hear from others that our music is a combination of the old and the new.  We really love rock and roll and inadvertently draw from all sorts of rock and roll groups; both newer and older.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

The list isn’t static; but lately is seems to be: The Beatles, Cage the Elephant, Brian Setzer, The Arctic Mokeys, and The Arcs.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

There is typically some sort of story/underlying emotion in each of our songs.  The detail to this varies with each tune.  One of our goals is to create a sort of world that draws in the listener in and pushes them to analyze certain things through a different lens.  We don’t like to spell everything out; we don’t aim for obscurity.  We like when fans draw their own conclusions about our songs because it ultimately changes our perspective on them as well.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Pittsburgh is great.  There is no shortage of great musicians and we seem to run into new and unique groups quite often.  We have been here for about a year and each year we seem to grow and create more opportunities for ourselves.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Portugal. The Man recently came through Pittsburgh. The production for that show was unlike any I have ever seen.  I would say my favorite aspect of The Vics’ live performance is the crowd.  Everyone seems to have a very positive attitude and enjoys each other’s company.  It’s pretty cool to be involved in that.

Is there a song in your upcoming releases here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

Fourth and Clay. The story is hardly embellished. We had to kill some time before a show and ran into the most interesting characters in this eerie little town. We feel the song captures our experience extremely accurately.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

A major change was our recording process.  We recorded this project at Tonic Recording Studios with Doug Kasper and had our first professional studio experience as a group. We also brought on producer Bryan Cole.  These guys really pushed us to think outside the box and have been incredible mentors.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Paul McCartney.

What’s next for you?  

Looking to set up a tour here soon and to keep pumpin out tunes!

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