Emerging Austin-based five-piece band THE VANITY come fully loaded—with hooks, depth and attitude—on their debut indie EP STRANGERS. Featuring such songs as “River,” “Cowboy Killer” and “Black & Blue,” the EP is “…full of memorable, guitar-driven melodies laced with the frontman’s powerful vocals,” according to DIFFUSER which premiered the EP in early March 2015. The band–Alex Dugan (vocals), Mic Vredenburgh (guitar), Matt Sledge (guitar), Augie Gmitter (bass) and David Grayson (drums)–has a strong year ahead of them including opening for Cold War Kids on a number dates, performing dates during SXSW and hitting festival stages this summer.
THE VANITY were formed in 2014, digging their heels into Austin’s competitive music scene. “STRANGERS is really the culmination of a lot of work, a lot of hours and a lot of destructive behavior,” lead singer Alex Dugan revealed to DIFFUSER. Collectively, THE VANITY’s musical inspirations are drawn from different styles, merged with the band’s indie rock attitude. “You can also hear some faster paced punk rock styles coming through a couple of our songs, and that’s from our earlier days as kids when punk was everything,” explains drummer David Grayson.