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Interview von: arne mit Davey, am: 26.07.2014 ]

Unter Hörern von EVERY TIME I DIE, NORMA JEAN, UNDEROATH und A DAY TO REMEMBER erfreut sich das Quintett aus Boston seit seinen Anfangstagen auf Epitaph Records großer Beliebtheit. VANNA sind ein etablierter und respektierter Act im Spannungsfeld von MetalCore, Emo/Screamo und Noisecore. Auf ihrem fünften Longplayer „Void“ teilen die Musiker abermals barsch und vehement aus. Die angriffslustigen, derben und düsteren Sounds bestimmen die Rezeption der elf Tracks, obwohl spätestens in den Refrains immer auch viel Melodie und Clean-Gesang mit im Spiel ist.


Musicscan: How big is the interest in Vanna releasing a new album? Do you get lots of requests from press people? What are they asking or telling you? Are there unexpected questions? Do you feel "understood" from what you've heard already?

Vanna: Seems like people are pretty interested in it as far as I can tell, I mean, you're here asking me about it so it's doing something, right? But yes, so far I really think people all over are getting this record, I feel very understood with this one. The feedback has been unreal. The best has been from friends I respect telling me that they are proud of this record. That's a good feeling.

Musicscan: I always had the feeling that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Vanna. True? Is this something that matters to you? How do you explain it?

Vanna: You know that's something we always noticed. Vanna is a band that its' listeners range very wide, it's kinda nuts. We have kids that love straight up metal that dig us, same goes for hardcore kids all the way to indie rock fans. I've always heard, "I don't usually like music like this but...your band I do like" which is cool with me. I'm not that sure why that is, I suppose it's because the 5 of us all listen to so much music it must reflect. We also hate to label what we are, no labels, I you feel it, you feel it ya know?

Musicscan: In general: What fuels your fire and keeps you guys interested in the heavy music you create, and being around with your style for awhile now, does it bother you when you see or meet people ignoring you or having a different understanding of what metal means to you?

Vanna: For us, it's those kids in that crowd that keeps us alive. They are what matters. We don't focus on who's not listening or ignoring. We love being able to connect with people thru our music and then vibing with them live, nothing beats that feeling.

Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called a metalcore band pretty often - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? It think heavy music with a core edge would fit better ;-)

Vanna: Like I said, we don't give a shit what you call it, we just want you to feel it. I don't have a problem with the tag "metalcore", we have elements of both metal and hardcore. I grew up playing in punk, hardcore and metal bands, it's all punk rock man. Labels can take a nap.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the heavy scene as all as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the heroes you grew up with did before Vanna were around?

Vanna: We feel honored that we are able to play and tour among amazing bands, we've made tons of friends in this world and we couldn't be happier in it.

Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of Vanna when the band came to be. Has that intention / the spirit changed until today?

Vanna: It's always been about connecting with people through music and live performances. Giving people a release and a place they can go to be free. Always has been always will be.

Musicscan: you think it's more important for bands to observe the traditions of their style or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition? What's to say about what Vanna are doing in this regard?

Vanna: Always push, always change, always move forward. I'm not sure what "traditions" you're speaking of, but no one wants to hear what's done before, create new, be you.

Musicscan: Vanna finds separation through passion and honesty. Void is well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. Is this close to what you've tried to achieve?

Vanna: We just try to do us and be real. Void is what was boiling inside our blood and it came out all over the place. It's the 5 of us and everything we are. Each song, each word.

Musicscan: How do you guys make sure to develop as musicians and songwriters? Is there something you do on a constant base beside going to the rehearsal room and practicing at home or on tour?

Vanna: We listen to a lot of different music, are always writing even if we are home and we jam as a whole band on everyone's ideas. At the end of the day, we love playing music and try to do it as much as we can.

Musicscan: Void is intense and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. How do you feel about it?

Vanna: About VOID? I fucking feel great about it. Can't spell trends without ends and that's exactly what they do.

Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Vanna seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Vanna: My lyrics are all forged from my life, I'm not different then any other mother fucker out there. We all go through hardships, we all want to give up sometimes. Other times I feel the most alive and strong. So that's what I sing about, life. I'm not trying to get any reaction other than people knowing they're not alone in this fight.

Musicscan: Did all of you guys had an equal vision about how Void should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of the album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the actual result?

Vanna: All 5 members write. Every person matters and our chemistry produces what is Vanna. There's no egos, it's always what's best for each song.

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Void?

Vanna: Buy the record, read the words, you'll get it.