On the heals of their freshman EP, Suffered Enough, The Vanity Circuit is sure to perk some ears with their anthemic pop punk songs. A three piece comprised of Tony Eckenrode (vocalist, guitar, production), Dan Oakes (bass), and Jason Mcilwain (drums) delivers an exciting and unexpected blend of pop, rock, punk, and alternative music. Listeners will enjoy the catchy choruses, hard hitting drums (very hard hitting), textured weaving of strings and other special instruments (like a theremin...that’s right..a THEREMIN!) in a refreshing variety of songs. Fans of Green Day, Blink 182, Yellowcard, All Time Low, Panic! at the Disco, and All American Rejects will be thoroughly enticed by their first release.
Hailing from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, The Vanity Circuit projects a sound unrivaled to the world. Where does the name come from? “I originally thought of it as a satirical name for all of the ridiculous self absorbed characters in our media, mainly industry icons that flaunt their self worth through money and fame in magazines, press interviews, radio, television... I wanted to be able to mock them in such a way that is so obviously exaggerated that it’s comical. Really, most of the songs I’ve written don’t relate directly to the name. I just feel like it’s a part of my identity,” says forming band member Tony Eckenrode. Upon listening to the album, fans can find a sincere story and meaning behind each song, a stark contrast to the current pop and rock landscape. “I try to make a song very easily relatable to a feeling, but I think there’s a story the feeling needs to connect to. That’s what makes us different, and that’s what matters.”
Their first album was mixed and mastered by Ontario’s finest. Sam Guaiana (mixer) of Room 21 has releases on several US and Canadian labels (Pure Noise Records, Hopeless Records), and Andy Krehm of Silverbirch Mastering has mastered over 7000 songs including several from prolific Grammy winning producer Ken Lewis who has more than a few big names under his belt (Eminem, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys). The culmination is an album with years of work and anticipation. Listeners are advised to play these songs quite loudly while driving down Sunset Boulevard in classic convertibles during the summertime....if at all possible. Friends should hop in to sing along on their trip to the beach. If none of those elements are available, one should still play the songs loudly. “I wanted these songs to feel like they’re just hitting you in the face. I didn’t want tame...polite..and polished..I wanted them to smack you upside the head some times, and other times I wanted them to sit you down for a cup of tea,” says Tony Eckenrode in regards to the dynamics of the songs. When the title track, Suffered Enough, comes on, it is certain to make listeners find the REPLAY button at the end.