Vundabar Share The Finer Moments of Tour Life in “Oulala” Music Video Premiere via The FADER
Gawk out now via the band’s own Gawk Records
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Take a glimpse into life on tour with Boston’s Vundabar in the band’s new music video for “Oulala” via The FADER. Brandon Hagen (vocals/guitar) explains summarizes the video (and the joys of touring) to perfection, “On every tour there hits a point where enough consecutive hours in a van will induce a cabin feverish sort of mania. Luckily or unluckily Caitlin McCann had a camera rolling to capture the episodes as they unraveled.” The young trio spent just about every day of the summer on tour in support of their new album, Gawk, and the band have just announced a new string of East Coast dates that will keep them on tour for much of September.
The fun isn’t lost on those who weren’t there as The Fader points out, “The new video for their song “Oulala,” a rush of clattering guitar and sludgy melodies, documents this—the unhinged thrift store stop, pit stops to pick up buckets of cheeseballs, late night dips in the ocean, and parking lot tomfoolery galore.”
9/10 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Root Cellar (Bard College)
9/11 – Elizabethtown, NY @ Otis Mountain Get Down Festival
9/13 – Syracuse, NY @ The Manor
9/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Loyola College
9/18 – Middlebury, VT @ Middlebury College
9/19 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise w/ The Fratellis
9/24 – Boston, MA @ The Lawn on D (Sound of Our Town Showcase)
9/26 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
9/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Aviv w/ Bethlehem Steel, Vagabon & Hemlines
9/28 – Washington, DC @ Paperhaus w/ Den-Mate & Diet Cig
Vundabar was born out of the alienation that goes along with the high school years. Brandon Hagen (20) was a lanky weirdo, ill equipped for Scituate High School’s long standing history of sports, trucks, and drinking. His recreational activities included dodging rocks thrown by groups of future frat bro’s and in turn further egging them on by relaying spray painted messages in their driveways. Drew McDonald (20) was an equally lanky glasses-wearing loner, having moved three times throughout his youth to finally end up living next door to Brandon. This chance occurrence made Hagen and McDonald into an unlikely pair.
Taking solace in music and absurdist humor, they would watch stand-up specials for hours, share albums with one another, and hash out the songs which would become Vundabar’s first full length, ‘Antics‘, which they recorded in Drew’s room with two microphones and garageband. Brandon projected his feelings of resentment, humor, and cynicism into his songs. There is an element of jest and aggression in Vundabar’s music which roots itself in the experiences of condemnation and alienation Hagen experienced throughout high school.
After a self release, incessant touring, and having Zackery Abramo (21) join to play bass, they received an offer from a French booking agency to tour throughout Europe. In the summer and fall of 2014 they toured Europe for three months, with a month long US tour wedged in the middle. Despite the excitement that came along with these opportunities, each member’s home life was becoming more and more unstable throughout these tours. The band had become a source of stability in a seemingly all at once unstable world. After these tours ended the three went into Mystic Valley Analog Recording Studio to record a follow up to ‘Antics‘.
The album that resulted, ‘Gawk‘, is a dynamic collection of ten songs. It blends pop sensibilities, loud quiet loud dynamics, and jarring energy. There are themes of alienation, identity, perception, detachment and a quiet bitterness blended with humor threading its way through the album. It is a culmination of last two years of their lives.