The Milwaukee-based Vitrolum Republic’s sound is a combination of various styles that can best be described as classically infused folk music. Over the course of their first full-length album, For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades, they cover many different styles of music, but all in a way that feels rooted in a style all their own, which they have come to call Gypsy Noir.
Their original compositions blur genres, combining classical elements with singer-songwriter, folk, bluegrass, blues and gypsy tango styling. Their music is diverse, and draws upon the acoustic instrumentation that each member brings to the stage; violin, piano, acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo upright bass and a variety of percussion instruments.
Since becoming a quartet, the group continues to explore new sounds to incorporate into their music and they continue to write and perform. The live experience is just as important as the studio sound and great care is taken when translating their studio recordings to the stage. This is evident in numerous live performances the Vitrolum Republic has made available, including the Cream City Sessions ~ Gesu Cathedral live release and the various music videos they’ve produced, most of which feature a live audio track.
The word “Vitrolum” is a word they created that represents a ‘conduit’ of expression. Through their performances these musicians and their audience become part of “The Republic,” and work to create the communal experience of “The Vitrolum Republic”
The Vitrolum Republic is:
Nick Waraksa ~ Piano, Accordian, Vocals
Jordan Waraksa ~ Violin, Guitar, Vocals
Chuck Lawton ~ Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Benjamin Schaefer ~ Percussion
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