March 1, 2020

The Milwaukee Ballet Presents: Push.
w/ The Vitrolum Republic

The Vitrolum Republic is back with the Milwaukee Ballet, debuting new music and performing live with new choreography by Darrell Grand Moultrie.

The Ballet writes, “We continue our legacy of pushing the boundaries of dance by inventive choreographers in this aptly named contemporary series. Versatile choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie returns with a new work set to the Americana sounds of local band The Vitrolum Republic. This triple bill also features a world premiere from Genesis 2019 winner Aleix Mañé and Extremely Close by internationally celebrated choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.”

We are excited to be partnering again with the Milwaukee Ballet, where dance offers a new and exciting artistic element to our aesthetic. With the success of our partnership two years ago, returning to perform live offers new opportunities and we are thrilled to be working with Darrell Grand Moultrie to create a new experience for everyone.

The show runs from March 26-29th and is at Uihlein Hall. Tickets are available here.

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January 9, 2018

The Milwaukee Ballet and The Vitrolum Republic Partner for MXE Milwaukee Mixed

We are proud to announce that Isaac Sharratt of The Milwaukee Ballet will be choreographing 3 movements of dance to music off of our most recent album, For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in Our Shoes, as part of their MXE Milwaukee Mixed series at the Pabst Theater.

“Once per season, Milwaukee Ballet presents a dynamic program of new, contemporary work at the historic Pabst Theater. Bold, evocative, and captivating, this contemporary show highlights the athleticism and artistry of our dancers in the intimacy of the famous Milwaukee venue.”

“Watch what happens when the talents of five choreographers from Milwaukee Ballet’s Company fuse with a diverse group of local musicians. This Made-in-Milwaukee performance is the perfect mix of high octane energy, exhilarating music, and athletic dance.”

The show runs for 4 nights from Feb 8th to the 11th. Tickets can be found here.

To support the run, The Vitrolum Republic will be performing on 414 Music Live on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee on Feb 1st at 5PM. You can catch that show free in person at the 88Nine studio and on air.

We are excited Isaac has selected our music and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the collaboration!

March 18, 2016

‘Lovespun Ramblings’ Vinyl Release

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Four years ago, when we started recording what would become our new album, For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes, one of our desires was to also press the album on vinyl. The medium is very important to us; we borrow our name from Victrola gramophones after all. But there is a tactile feel to a record that doesn’t exist in any other format. It inspires active listening. The way you interact with the packaging, explore the artwork, putting the record on your turntable and dropping the needle requires you to be present in the moment. This album is special to us, and we wanted to create an experience that makes this album special to you too.

In that vein, when we approached the design for this record we wanted to make the vinyl edition something special. Printed on premium materials with a silky matte finish with accents, such as our name on the front and titles on the back, which are embossed and stamped with gold foil. The album sleeves feature additional art and lyric sheets found only on this release. The records themselves are 180 gram and cut at 45 RPM making for some of the highest quality sound possible. The album has also been remastered for this release providing a more nuanced mix that brings out additional detail in the recordings.

To celebrate the vinyl release of For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes, we have lined up a show at Anodyne on Bruce St. in Milwaukee with our friends DICKIE from Chicago. The show is Friday March 25th at 8PM. Advanced tickets and details can be found at Anodyne’s website. We hope to see you all there!

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December 31, 2015

Closing out 2015

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It’s been an incredible year for The Vitrolum Republic and we wanted to thank all of you for being a part of it. Most importantly, this year saw the release of our latest studio album, For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes. We played a bunch of really great shows with some incredible bands including a fantastic intimate show for Sofar Sounds Milwaukee. In addition to being a finalist for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee for Independent Release of the Year, we were also listed in The Milwaukee Record’s list of the best 25 albums of the year and the Journal Sentinel’s best 10 albums of the year.

In addition to our album, we also made a couple of videos showcasing our recording process. “For the lovespun…” An Introduction shows us at The License Lab studio recording Storms Call Me Out, while Mångata shows us doing field recording for natural sounds and live instrumentation that ended up in the closing track to the album.

In the next couple months, we will be releasing For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes on vinyl as a 45 RPM 180 gram double LP in special edition packaging. We have our test pressings, and they sound incredible. We’re planning a vinyl release show for that, so follow us here and on social media for details.

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November 22, 2015

Radio Milwaukee Music Awards Nominations

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The Vitrolum Republic has been nominated by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee for Band of the Year and our newest album, For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes has been nominated for both Album of the Year and Independent Release of the Year! We’re completely honored and humbled by the nomination. Voting has been ongoing for the past month and closes on November 22nd. You can cast your vote for us and a lot of other great Milwaukee bands at radiomilwaukee.org.

Our album release show at Company Brewing with Grasping at Straws on November 6th was incredible. Thank you to everyone who came out and making the night truly special. In promotion for that show, we had the privilege of sitting down with Bonnie North on Lake Effect on WUWM. If you missed it, you can listen to that interview and in-studio performance at WUWM.com. We also had a great conversation with Sid on Local Lunchbox on WMSE. You can listen to that interview (starts at around 30 minutes in) at WMSE.org.

We’re busy lining up some new shows for this winter so keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for some announcements.

Thanks all!