Viva Voce (band)
Viva Voce At Transmusicalles, France 2006
|Origin||Muscle Shoals, Alabama|
|Genres||Indie rock, Christian rock, psychedelic rock, folk|
|Labels||Vanguard, Amore!Phonics, Asthmatic Kitty, Minty Fresh, Barsuk, Full Time Hobby/UK, Cadence Communications|
|Associated acts||The Robinsons, Electric iLL, Calico Rose, Blue Giant|
Viva Voce was an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, formed by Kevin Robinson and Anita Robinson. Their music drew on several influences including psychedelic rock, classic rock, folk and R&B.
The Robinsons formed Viva Voce in 1998 in their native Muscle Shoals, Alabama and later relocated to Nashville and then the Portland area in 2003. Their first album, Hooray for Now, was released in 1998. The band formed their own label, Amore!Phonics, and released Lovers, Lead the Way! in 2003 in conjunction with Asthmatic Kitty. The follow-up, The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, was released in 2004 and received positive critical response and heightened exposure for the band.
Broadening their fanbase worldwide, Viva Voce toured extensively in Europe after signing with UK indie label Full Time Hobby. They toured with The Shins and Jimmy Eat World. Their fourth album, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out, was released August 21, 2006 in Europe and September 12, 2006 in the USA. After playing their final show of 2007 on September 6 during MusicfestNW, Kevin announced that Viva Voce would be working on their new album and would continue touring in 2008.
Viva Voce's sixth, and final, studio album, The Future Will Destroy You, was released on June 21, 2011 on Vanguard Records. It received positive reviews from numerous music outlets. Paste Magazine gave the album a 7.2 out of 10.
The band split up in 2013 when Kevin and Anita divorced.
- Hooray For Now – (1998, Cadence, Review: HM Magazine)
- Lovers, Lead the Way! – (2003, Asthmatic Kitty)
- The Heat Can Melt Your Brain – (2004, Minty Fresh)
- Get Yr Blood Sucked Out – (2006, Barsuk Records)
- Rose City – (2009, Barsuk Records)
- The Future Will Destroy You – (2011, Vanguard Records)
Singles and EPs
- Weightless (CD) – 2000
- Scissors and Blue Series, Vol. 3 (split w/ Soul-Junk) (CD) – Velvet Blue Music 2002
- Live at KEXP (CD) – Amore!Phonics, 2004
- Alive With Pleasure (double 7" & 7" vinyl) – Full Time Hobby, 2005
- Center of the Universe (double 7") – Full Time Hobby, 2005
- Wrecking Ball (7" vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2005
- From the Devil Himself (7" vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2006
- Faster than a Dead Horse (7" vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2006
- Viva Voce Loves You EP - Full Time Hobby, 2007
- "Viva Voce: The Future Will Destroy You :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
- "Former Lives The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined". wweek.com. 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-11-23.
- McGovern, Brian Vincent (July–August 1998). "Album Reviews: VIVA VOCE Hooray for Now". HM Magazine (72). ISSN 1066-6923.
- Reno, Brad. "Viva Voce". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2008-05-02. Artist profile which provides quick opinion on Hooray For Now, among other Viva Voce albums.
- Tangari, Joe (2 December 2003). "Review: Lovers, Lead the Way!". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Felt, Hunter (16 June 2005). "Review: Lovers Lead the Way! [reissue]". PopMatters. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Tangari, Joe (21 September 2004). "Review: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Adam, Julie. "Album of the Day: Viva Voce: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain". BBC / Radio 6 Music. Retrieved 2008-05-02.[dead link]
- Tangari, Joe (18 October 2006). "Review: Get Yr Blood Sucked Out". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- Simpson, Dave (18 August 2006). "Pop CD: Viva Voce, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
- "ROSE CITY". 20 February 2009.
- Official website
- Barsuk webpage
- Viva Voce at AllMusic
- Interview with Chicago Innervision
- Pitchfork Media review of The Heat Can Melt Your Brain
- Music Video for "From The Devil Himself" + interview with director Moh Azima