December 22, 2014

Cream City Soundcheck

Earlier this year, The Vitrolum Republic was honored to be profiled by Doc|UWM‘s documentary series, Cream City Soundcheck. Each year, a few lucky Milwaukee-based musical acts get interviewed as they tour some of the great businesses that make our city unique. For us, we got our hair trimmed and coiffed at Bay View’s Stag Barbershop, followed by a fascinating demonstration of how hats are made at The Brass Rooster. An in-store musical performance at the haberdashery mixed with a show we performed at Hotel Foster rounded out the documentary.

We had an fantastic time, and the students who created the piece were amazing. The folks at The Milwaukee Record had some great things to say about the video as well:

Still, when it comes to music videos, there’s no greater honor that can be bestowed to a Milwaukee band than the vaunted Cream City Soundcheck. Despite being made by UW-Milwaukee students, the professional quality productions expertly intertwine live performances, band commentary, and stunning imagery of local landmarks that are both distinct and significant.

Even though we’ve been somewhat quite here on our site and on-line presence this year, know that we’ve been hard at work on a new full length album. It’s full of some great material, some of which we’ve been featuring at our recent live performances and in the previous videos we produced last year. We’re making a push to get this new album wrapped up in the next few months and we look forward to booking some great shows in 2015.

Thanks everyone and have a great new year!

November 26, 2013

New Music Video: Lady of Stone

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Close to two years ago, we began writing material for a new album. It was exciting for us as not only had Benjamin Schaefer just joined us on percussion, we entered the process with a blank slate. Full of ideas that had been placed on the back burner in the time following the release of For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades, we were eager to explore the sounds that a new collaborative process would create. Lady of Stone is the first of many new songs that were born out of that initial writing process.

Last summer, we got the opportunity to shoot a music video in the historic Riverside Theater, and selected Lady of Stone. Rather than performing to a pre-recorded soundtrack, we elected to capture the performance live, working with the Riverside’s sound engineer, Simon Bundy. Video production and editing was handled by Blend Studios. The result is a beautiful video that captures the essence of our music, the textures of our aesthetic, and serves as a new introduction to The Vitrolum Republic. We can’t wait to share with you where we go from here.

Cinematography: Bryan Mir & Tony Cole
Lighting: Mandy Montanye
Editing: Bryan Mir, Tony Cole & Vince Clore
Recording Engineer: Simon Bundy
Mix Engineer: Chuck Lawton

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October 17, 2013

New Music Video: Fumbling Fool

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Today, we release the second of two videos, Fumbling Fool, recorded in one take at the Pritzlaff building in Milwaukee, where our fiddle player, Jordan Waraksa has his woodworking studio.

This series can be considered a love letter of sorts to the space where we came together to collaborate on songwriting in a way that had not happened previously. This is also the space where we were introduced to Benjamin Schaefer and the wonderful percussive elements he brings to our music. And it’s an incredible place to record in, with 20 foot high ceilings that let the sound expand and travel throughout the studio and the din of the city fades to the background.

These two songs, Fumbling Fool and Show and Tell, are just part of the new material we’re writing for a new full length album we plan on releasing next year.   We hope you enjoy it!

Director/Videographer: Martin Moore
Sound Production: Chuck Lawton

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