Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR! It’s rare to find artists capable of channeling poignant satire with their music while being both sardonic and playful. In this regard, the Boston trio Vundabar delivers in spades. Drawing from some of the heavy, darker elements of the local scene and fusing them with pop sensibilities, the band has created an album that’s catchy as hell while still revelatory.
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Moments of sentimental paradox are further accented by the bands ability to flip from whimsy to abrasion and whisper-to-shriek-dynamics on a dime’s notice. It’s all thanks to an ever-budding chemistry between principal songwriters Hagen and Drew McDonald–who grew up next to one another and played in a variety of bands together during high school.
Vundabar began as little more than a recording project that the two songwriters embarked on during their final year in school. They had no idea that the GarageBand-fueled debut release Antics would garner the kind of acclaim that it quickly picked up on the indie circuit. Before the two knew it, they were booking a full-on U.S. tour.
While the band is technically a trio, bass players have come and gone over the years. It’s arguably one of the most integral ingredients to any band (especially when there are only three members), yet the constant cycle of new faces and chemistry hasn’t deterred the songwriters in the slightest. All of the musicians they choose are close friends, a choice that both Hagen and McDonald value immeasurably.
After Antics catapulted the group closer towards the spotlight, Vundabar set their sights on a European tour. The two month string of gigs were centered primarily around Festival and club dates, and reception was so positive that the band scheduled another tour across the continent less than six months later for the fall of 2014.
This time around, they wound up booking gigs through an esteemed professional, capable of putting them on the bill for bigger shows than anything they had played before.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.
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