On the Radar: Dear Vincent
After scores of live local gigs and late nights in the studio, this up-and-coming band releases its first EP.
There’s something blissfully transportive about the music Dear Vincent creates, perhaps even meditative. It’s a sound that even members of the band cannot—and will not—categorize. “I guess you could say we incorporate elements of folk, pop and indie, along with a Spanish/Gypsy/World influence,” says Bryan Steel (vocals, guitar). “One friend told us after a show that he felt as though he were transported to a European carnival during moments of our set. We thought that was a very nice thing to say.”
After a year and a half of creating music, gaining a faithful following of local music supporters who’ve followed their young career around St. Louis venues (the band plays regularly at Off Broadway, Blueberry Hill, The Chapel and The Firebird), Dear Vincent is poised to make a breakthrough with its first EP, “So Long Winter.” The band began the album-making process in February 2009, laying down tracks at local studio The Tone Cellar with the help of producers Sam Wehrmeyer and John Eberts. The songs came collaboratively, as the band took inspiration from the hauntingly beautiful poetry about love and loss penned by Steel.
Now, after a year of coordinating hectic schedules (each band member has a daytime gig), long hours in the studio and regularly performing live shows, “So Long Winter,” an ambitious but worthy labor of love, is complete. The band will have its official album release party March 12 at Off Broadway with special guests Natural Selection and Chariots. With this momentum, there’s no telling where Dear Vincent will go next—literally.
“I think we all can say that we have no idea what may happen in the near future, says Kevin Kelly. “We would love to play some festivals and shows this summer and touring is definitely something we’re committed to trying. We’re also continually writing, so another recording project is always in the works.” Stay tuned.
Ones to watch: STL band Dear Vincent
Photo credit: Photo by Matt Dale, courtesy of Dear Vincent