Chicago, IL, May 19, 2023. The video was created and edited by Vince and features live footage shot by Jason Grigsby and still photos taken by David Sameshima, Di Kulka Piteo, Deb Sonzo, and Greg Matherly. The track “Magazine Pages” appears on the band’s album A Problematic Opera, which will be released on Friday, May 26.
The Artist Formally Known as Vince Band (or TAFKAVince Band for short) formed in 1996 and began playing out regularly upon the release of 2002’s At Last CD. Other notable releases include 2007’s Welcome To The Show, the 2011 vinyl release On Display, and the singles “NYC” and “Luck,” which were released in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
TAFKAVince Band features Vince on vocals and guitar, Lauren Kurtz on vocals, Brian Chinino on drums, percussion and backing vocals, Chris Geisler on bass, percussion and backing vocals and Vee Sonnets on guitar, backing vocals and keys.
The band plays a heady mix of glam, punk, and rock n’ roll and has built a reputation as a fierce live act who have graced stages at the Empty Bottle, Beat Kitchen, Liar’s Club, Subterranean, Reggie’s, The Hideout, and Double Door in their hometown of Chicago and have performed at the esteemed venues Berlin (NYC), Plain Dealer Pavilion (Cleveland) and Slash Run (Washington DC) while on tour.
TAFKAVince Band has opened for (and held their own against) Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks, The Fleshtones, The Undead featuring Bobby Steele of The Misfits, Hunx & His Punx, The Dollyrots, The Melismatics, Scott Lucas and The Married Men, Prima Donna and many other celebrated bands from the indie underground.
The Artist Formally Known as Vince Band will be releasing the six-track album A Problematic Opera, featuring guest performers Brian Smith, Joe Vitti, Yoko Schmadeke, and Maureen Grady, digitally and as a limited edition CD on Friday, May 26 with to a run of 200 10″ vinyl records to follow. The album was produced by Tony SanFilippo & TAFKAVince Band, recorded and mixed by Tony SanFilippo at Oxide Lounge in Bloomington, IL, and mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering. Album art and design is courtesy of Darrick Elia.
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