This has been a sad yet hopeful week for the people of Boston and New England. A tragic bombing tore lives apart but brought a city together. It has left her citizens feeling angry yet unified. Vanna vocalist Davey Muise can relate to the city’s resilience and character. He and his fellow hardcore heavyweights hail from Beantown and they share her tough exterior and big heart.
On April 18, Metalholic had an opportunity to talk with Muise about the tragedy that befell Boston’s streets this week, and how the city has risen up and bonded together. We also talked about Vanna‘s new album, “The Few and the Far Between“; conspiracy theories; the groups newest members; and what makes the band’s hometown so unique.
Vanna was formed in 2004 by guitarist Nick Lambert. Bassist Shawn marquis joined a year later. Muise would trade places with former vocalist Chris Preece after the band’s second album. “The Few and the far Between” marks his second full length with the band. It is also the debut of drummer Eric “Rabbit” Gross, and guitarist Joel Pastuszak.
Muise wears his Boston and New England pride on his sleeve when talking about the bombing aftermath:
“I think more than anything it makes us stronger. It kind of made everyone get unified real quick. It’s tragic that something like this has to happen to kind of jump into action, but I think it’s a good testament to the type of people we are around here. I’m the first one to say that humanity is awful and I hate the things that people do, but I was also touched and surprised by everyone coming together from all different walks of life. I think hate is an awful thing to put your time into and I’d rather put my time into more positive things which is what we’re all trying to do right now up here. We appreciate the support of everybody and Boston’s a strong place.”
“I think that ‘And They Came Baring Bones‘ was sort of this idea that I had of wanting to see the best in someone and talk about a journey of several people but all through the eyes of one person. With this record, I just said ‘fuck it’ and wrote 10 songs about things that I’ve gone through and that people have put me through. I wish I had someone there when I was 22 to tell me that I was gonna be confused and not feel that the world is ending. That my life sucked and there was nothing that I could do about it. Kids would write us and talk to us about how they’re struggling with like divorce or something like that or girlfriend/boyfriend issues. All sorts of things in life in general. I really wanted to talk to everyone about those issues and that was kind of my way of doing it.”
You can listen to the full 25 minute conversation with Davey below. He talks in-depth about the Boston music scene, the additions of Joel and Eric, and he shares what pop culture icon he’d most like to eliminate. Check it out and get your hands on the new album, “The Few and the Far Between“, out now on Artery Recordings.