Winner Of The 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt: Vulgarrity
Congratulations to Vulgarrity for winning the 2011 WBRU Rock Hunt. They definitely brought their A game to the stage this past Friday night at The Met.It was definitely one tough decision because Herra Terra, The Death Of Paris and Last One Out were on fire as well. There must have been something in the air that night. Click here to listen to some of Vulgarrity’s great music. Don’t miss their next show at The Ruins At The Colosseum in Providence on Friday, May 13th. Sounds like a hell of a show. Here is more on Vulgarrity.
Tracy Garrity – Vocals, Bass, Drums, Keys
Shawn Garrity – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that death and the macabre are the subject matter of the majority of VulGarrity’s music. True, the brother-sister team’s unhealthy obsession with horror movies is a large part of the equation, however it’s also symbolic of the journey that brought VulGarrity into existence in 2008. After several years of making music with a rotating cast of band members (not to mention band names), Tracy and Shawn had a problem – they needed to break the cycle, but didn’t know how. After a few months of soul-searching and musical experimentation, they came upon a solution that takes the “do-it-yourself” mentality to the extreme – they lay to rest the traditional idea of a rock band and decided to play every instrument themselves…at the same time. The band uses technology to enhance live performance in a truly extraordinary way. The use of loop pedals allows the dynamic duo to play drums, guitar, bass and keys all at the same time, while executing tight vocal harmonies. That’s not all – they switch instruments, too – usually several times during a show, sometimes within the same song, without missing a beat. Sure, other acts use samples and loop pedals on stage, but the difference is nothing is pre-recorded – the riffs are recorded live in front of the audience and then started and stopped during the song, while other instruments are being played, to create the effect of a full band. How do they do this? Come to a live show and see for yourself. Such a unique performance style could be considered a “gimmick” by some, but the siblings don’t mind this label, because the results never cease to amaze.
The band’s unique approach and relentless tour schedule have attracted nationwide attention, earning them airplay on satellite and college radio, MTV’s hit shows “Made”, “Cribs”, “Teen Cribs” and “My Life as Liz”, invitations to share the stage with The Misfits, Sponge, Mike Doughty, Days of the New, King’s X, Psychostick, The Prodigals, Ra, etc., and most recently an artist development contract with MySpace Records. If you haven’t seen them live yet, what are you waiting for? Get your ass to a VulGarrity show! It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience where the reaction from first-timers is almost always “I’ve never seen anything like that before!”