Vanna (band)

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Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Years active 2004–2017
Labels Epitaph, Artery, Pure Noise
Associated acts Seeker Destroyer, Brickwalker, Always & Forever, Therefore I Am, Our Lives, The Jonah Veil, Lions Lions, Wind In Sails, Ligeia
Members Davey Muise
Nicholas Lambert
Shawn Marquis
Seamus Menihane
Past members Joe Bragel
Brandon Davis
Chris Preece
Chris Campbell
Evan Pharmakis
Eric Gross
Joel Pastuszak

Vanna was an American post-hardcore band from Boston, Massachusetts, United States, which was formed in 2004.


Early years (2004–2005)[edit]

The band formed in December 2004 by guitarists Nicholas Lambert and Evan Pharmakis. The duo recorded their first demo in Lambert's dorm room at MassArt, using the program Reason for drums. Soon after, they recruited drummer Brandon Davis (who at the time was playing guitar for the band Therefore I Am), bassist Shawn Marquis, and vocalist Joe Bragel. They then recorded and self-released their first EP entitled This Will Be Our Little Secret. It was stated by bassist Shawn Marquis that only four or five pressings of forty copies each were produced. The five song EP quickly helped the band gain a strong local fan base. It was this EP that got them noticed to the record companies, and on November 15, 2005 the band was signed to Epitaph Records.

Epitaph Records (2005–2009)[edit]

In March 2006 they released a split 7" vinyl with Therefore I Am, of which only 500 hand numbered copies were pressed (100 pink colored vinyl, 100 blue and 300 white). They then began recording their third EP and first release with Epitaph Records, The Search Party Never Came in February 2006. During the recording process, Vanna decided to part ways with original vocalist Joe Bragel. Nick Lambert filled in and took over on vocals for the recording of that album. After the departure of Joe and the release of the record in June 2006, they recruited Chris Preece as a vocalist of the band.

After the release of The Search Party Never Came, The band toured for the whole summer and fall, and on October 25, 2006, they traveled to Seattle, Washington to record their first full-length album with Producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Norma Jean, The Fall of Troy, Pearl Jam). They recorded through November, 2006 and up until December 19, 2006. In February 2007 after recording the album, the band began touring again with The Esoteric and played a few dates on the 2007 Epitaph Tour. Their first full-length debut album, Curses was released on April 24, 2007.

On February 15, 2008, drummer Brandon Davis played his last show as a member of Vanna and parted ways with the band during a tour with Knives Exchanging Hands and My Hero Is Me. Brandon states that there is no bad blood between anyone and continues to regularly attend Vanna shows. Brandon currently plays guitar in a metalcore band from Boston called Lions Lions and often plays shows with Vanna. The band finished up the tour with fill-in drummer and good friend of the band, Ryan Seaman. As the band began writing their second full length, they recruited Chris Campbell as the full-time drummer. Chris Campbell joined Vanna from the New Hampshire-based band, The Jonah Veil, where he also played drums. This came during the process of The Jonah Veil ending their band and playing their last show. Chris Campbell played his debut show at The Living Room in Providence, Rhode Island on March 22, 2008.

Vanna's next album titled A New Hope was released on March 24, 2009. A New Hope reached No. 31 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[1]

In July 2009, vocalist Chris Preece decided to part ways with the band. He citing "personal reasons" and he left on good terms. Following the band's summer 2009 tour with A Static Lullaby, Preece was replaced by Davey Muise of Seeker Destroyer.[2] Preece played his last show with Vanna at the Mansfield, MA stop of the 2009 Warped Tour where Muise was brought to the stage and introduced. Muise played his first official show with Vanna on Saturday July 25, 2009 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. They are also known for their series of "webisodes", "Tough Life", and "Band VS. Road".

Artery Recordings and departure of Evan Pharmakis (2010-2013)[edit]

In August 2010, Vanna announced their signing to Artery Recordings. Their debut release through the label was an EP titled The Honest Hearts with producer Jay Maas, released on October 12, 2010.[3] Vanna released the single "Passerby" from the EP The Honest Hearts and a rerecording of "Trashmouth" as well as "Dead Language For A Dying Lady" with Davey Muise. On January 2, 2011, the band confirmed that they were going to Glow In The Dark Studios to record the new full-length album titled And They Came Baring Bones with producer Matt Goldman. The album was released on June 21, 2011.

On February 2, 2012 it was announced that founding member Evan Pharmakis (guitar, clean vocals) and drummer Chris Campbell had parted ways with the band due to family and financial issues.[4] Evan then formed a solo project, Wind in Sails, while Chris is now a store manager at a PacSun clothing store in Providence, RI. The band has stated that there is no bad blood between members. The band also announced on the same day that they recruited Joel Pastuszak to the band's lineup. Vanna was featured on the Warped Tour 2012.

After toured with several fill-in drummers, Vanna finally got the new drummer, Eric Gross and the band went on to record next album, again with producer Jay Maas who previously produced their 2010 EP.[5] On March 19, 2013 the band released their new full-length record, The Few and the Far Between, and will be touring in support of the release through 2013 and into 2014. The band promoted and supported their release by made short clips that uploaded via episodes titled "The Few and the Far Between: The Movie" through their YouTube account from August to October 2013.

In November 2013, the band recorded a couple of new songs and announced that they would be self-releasing a 7" titled Preying/Purging on December 17.[6]

Pure Noise Records (2014-present)[edit]

In February 2014, it was announced that the band signed with Pure Noise Records as well as participating the Vans Warped Tour that upcoming summer.[7] After signing with Pure Noise Records, The band entered the studio to record the new album with producer Will Putney (Like Moths to Flames, Texas in July, Stray From the Path).[8]

On April 18, 2014, the band announced that their fifth album would be titled VOID, and would be released on June 16, 2014 through Pure Noise Records.[9] In August it was announced that the band, along with bands Sirens & Sailors, Sylar and Alive Like Me, would be supporting Beartooth on their first North America tour throughout October.[10]

On October 2,2015, they released an EP titled ALT, consisting of five cover songs.

On May 19, 2016, Vanna released a video for the first single off their new LP, All Hell, titled Pretty Grim, while additionally announcing that All Hell would be released July 8, 2016. Two more singles released subsequently prior to All Hell's release; "Mutter" was released on June 9, 2016, and "Leather Feather" was released June 23, 2016. [11]

On April 28, 2017, the band confirmed dates of a tour titled 'All Good Things Must Come To An End' as "a farewell with our friends", confirming their forthcoming plans to part ways.[12] Pastuszak elected to not participate in the band's final shows. The final Vanna show will take place December 15th, 2017, at the legendary Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Band members[edit]



Studio albums[edit]

Release date Title Record label Billboard charts
April 24, 2007 Curses Epitaph
March 21, 2009[13] A New Hope[14] Epitaph #31 (Heatseekers)
June 21, 2011 And They Came Baring Bones Artery Recordings #42 (Independent), #22 (Hard Rock) & #8 (Heatseekers)
March 19, 2013 The Few and the Far Between Artery Recordings #39 (Independent), #16 (Hard Rock) & #12 (Heatseekers)
June 17, 2014 VOID Pure Noise #157 (Top 200)
July 8, 2016[15] All Hell Pure Noise #2 (Heatseekers)


Release date Title Record label Billboard chart
2005 Demo Self-released
August 2005 This Will Be Our Little Secret Self-released
March 10, 2006 Therefore I Am / Vanna Robotica Records
June 6, 2006 The Search Party Never Came Epitaph
October 12, 2010 The Honest Hearts[16] Artery Recordings #18 (Heatseekers)
December 17, 2013 Preying/Purging self-released
October 2, 2015 ALT Pure Noise Records

Compilation albums featured on[edit]

Release date Title Track title Record label
Winter 2006 Epitaph Sampler "That Champagne Feeling" (Demo) Epitaph
Winter 2006 (Europe) Epitaph Sampler "A Dead Language for a Dying Lady" Hellcat Records
June 6, 2006 Warped Tour 2006 Compilation (Disc 2) "A Dead Language for a Dying Lady" Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records
June 6, 2006 Unsound Volume 1 "I Am the Wind" Epitaph Records
June 20, 2006 Purevolume Epitaph Digital Summer Sampler "The Search Party Never Came" Epitaph Records
Summer 2006 Epitaph Sampler "The Search Party Never Came" Epitaph Records
Summer 2006 Best Buy 'The Noise of Summer' Sampler "The Search Party Never Came" Epitaph Records & Alternative Distribution Alliance
December 2006 Purevolume 'Epitaph Tour 2007' Digital Sampler "The Things He Carried" Epitaph Records
Winter 2007 Epitaph Sampler "Country Boys...Goddamn" Epitaph Records
Spring 2007 Epitaph Sampler "The Things He Carried" Epitaph Records
March 23, 2007 Hails & Horns Volume 3 Sampler "The Things He Carried" Epitaph Records
June 5, 2007 Warped Tour Compilation (Disc 2) "The Things He Carried" Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records
Summer 2007 Epitaph Sampler "The Alarm" Epitaph Records
October 2007 Purevolume & Epitaph Halloween Digital Sampler "We Ate the Horse You Rode in On" Epitaph Records
June 9, 2009 Warped Tour 2009 Tour Compilation (Disc 2) "Into Hell's Mouth We March" Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records
February 20, 2012 One H.E.L.L. of a Compilation (Side D) "Every Bridge" Get Stoked! Records
June 5, 2012 Warped Tour 2012 Tour Compilation (Disc 2) "I, The Remover" Epitaph Records & SideOneDummy Records


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ Shotwell, James (August 9, 2010). "Vanna plan new EP.". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ Yancey, Bryne (February 2, 2012). "Evan Pharmakis (guitars, vocals) and Chris Campbell (drums) out of Vanna". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vanna enter studio to record new album, The Few and the Far Between". Razor & Tie. December 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Vanna enter the studio with producer Will Putney". Alternative Press. March 20, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "NEWS: Vanna to release fifth studio album 'VOID' on June 16th 2014!". April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Whitt, Cassie. "Beartooth - “The Lines” video premiere and first headlining tour announcement". Altpress. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "90 Days To Warped Feature Band: Vanna". Vans Warped Tour. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  14. ^ Alternative Press Magazine No. 247, pg. 28
  15. ^ "Vanna Premieres Music Video for “Pretty Grim” and Announced ‘All Hell’ LP : Pure Noise Records". 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  16. ^ Shotwell, James (August 9, 2010). "Vanna plan new EP". Alternative Press. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 

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