Viva Voce (band)

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Viva Voce
Viva Voce in 2006
Viva Voce in 2006
Background information
OriginMuscle Shoals, Alabama
Years active1998–2013
MembersKevin Robinson
Anita Robinson

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 Records. 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.

For the 2009 album Rose City, two more band members were hired for touring, Evan Railton and Corrina Repp.

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.[1]

The band split up in 2013 when Kevin and Anita divorced.[2]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 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-inch & 7-inch vinyl) – Full Time Hobby, 2005
  • Center of the Universe (double 7-inch) – Full Time Hobby, 2005
  • Wrecking Ball (7-inch vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2005
  • From the Devil Himself (7-inch vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2006
  • Faster than a Dead Horse (7-inch vinyl) - Full Time Hobby, 2006
  • Viva Voce Loves You EP - Full Time Hobby, 2007

Compilation album contributions[edit]

  • "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Jolly Old Saint Nicolas" and "What Child is This" on Love, Peace, and Joy (CD) - Cadence, 1997
  • "Eye in the Sky" (Allan Parsons Project cover) on Bridging the Distance (CD) - Arena Rock Recording, 2007


  1. ^ "Viva Voce: The Future Will Destroy You :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". June 21, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "Former Lives The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined". July 9, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  3. ^ McGovern, Brian Vincent (July–August 1998). "Album Reviews: VIVA VOCE Hooray for Now". HM Magazine (72). ISSN 1066-6923.
  4. ^ Reno, Brad. "Viva Voce". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 2, 2008. Artist profile which provides quick opinion on Hooray For Now, among other Viva Voce albums.
  5. ^ Tangari, Joe (December 2, 2003). "Review: Lovers, Lead the Way!". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Felt, Hunter (June 16, 2005). "Review: Lovers Lead the Way! [reissue]". PopMatters. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe (September 21, 2004). "Review: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  8. ^ Adam, Julie. "Album of the Day: Viva Voce: The Heat Can Melt Your Brain". BBC / Radio 6 Music. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  9. ^ Tangari, Joe (October 18, 2006). "Review: Get Yr Blood Sucked Out". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on April 22, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  10. ^ Simpson, Dave (August 18, 2006). "Pop CD: Viva Voce, Get Yr Blood Sucked Out". The Guardian. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  11. ^ "ROSE CITY". February 20, 2009.

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