Vinyette brings alt-grunge authenticity to Midwest tour

The New York natives performed Wednesday night at The Bridge.


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Charging forth with their signature alt-grunge feel and powered ambience, Vinyette graced The Bridge’s stage Wednesday night like indie royalty. Without hesitation, they crashed into their set vigorously, awaking a crowd hushed with anticipation.

Hailing from New York, the band is used to a putting on a much more theatrical performance, sometimes incorporating costumes and dancers into their set. They decided to keep it low-key for their Midwest tour this month, though, focusing instead on raw energy.

“Our mantra is being able to entertain people, just ourselves and our instruments,” guitarist Danny Monico says. “I think for these shows in the Midwest, we’re doing just kind of bare-bones style.”

They say right now they are just testing out their new music.

“Just to Get Away,” the band’s newest single, channels that same kind of natural, relaxed style.

Although they typically have a very diverse sound—which ranges from driven ’90s alternative, heard in their single “MDP,” to pop-infused love songs like “Tattoo Crazy”—their new music has a more ‘Smashing Pumpkins-on-a-beach-high’ vibe.

“I think we’re writing in that vibe ‘Just to Get Away.’ where it’s semi-grungy, semi-Pixies,” Monico says.

Their performance Wednesday certainly channeled that style. Even without theatrics, Vinyette filled the room with their presence. Frontman Nathan Frye, labeled by the band as their own sultry, crooning Jim Morrison, owns the stage. His raw vocals lap over the pronounced bassline like a continuous, undulating wave. The passion behind his performance has a way of transfixing the audience.

It is a quality the band recognized right away when they first met Frye.

“We saw the Morrison in him,” Monico says. “As soon as he walked in, he had that Morrison vibe.”

Frye says that he grew up listening to Jim Morrison and studying his music and poetry, which was a significant influence for him—nearly inevitably, because he attended the same high school as Morrison.

“We studied him, just ‘cause he was, like, such an icon,” Frye says.

The band members also share a love for a variety of other music, including Eric Clapton, hip-hop and funk.

“When you have that many influences, it’s just natural,” bassist Marc Ligenza says. “There’s a certain collectiveness with the energy in the music. And we’re still learning at the forefront. Every day we’re learning and studying.”

Vinyette still keeps a signature sound that reverberates with their audience. As they flow from one song to the next, from heavier, darker material like “Charlie” to chilled-out “Glisten,” the audience stays right there, gliding right along with them. As they bob and weave around the stage, the listeners bob and weave around the floor. Their performance is reminiscent of a dream-like high: addicting, magnetic and seemingly endless.

They plan on working on their new music during the summer, including creating material for theatrical performances to come. When asked if a new album was to be expected soon, Frye says they are shooting to release one in November.

Drummer Jonathan Crowley, talking about their past album and tour, “Every Little Mouse Run,” says they are ready to move on to new things. In fact, they’re “dying to.”

Frye is excited to keep making new music as well.

“I mean, we’ve been writing pretty much nonstop,” he says.

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