September 25, 2015

For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes


Today we are proud to announce that The Vitrolum Republic’s latest studio LP is finished. The album is called For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes, and is the culmination of nearly four years of effort. It takes our acoustic folk roots to a more modern sound by way of experimentation both in the studio and on the stage over the past decade in Milwaukee’s music scene. New instrumentation, both acoustic and electric, coupled with extensive use of looping during live performances inform a more complex production for our sophomore release.

The lineup is the same over the past 4 years, featuring Jordan Waraksa on fiddle, guitar and vocals, Nick Waraksa on piano, accordion and ukulele, Chuck Lawton on guitar, banjo, bass and supporting vocals, and Benjamin Schaefer on percussion. Songwriting for this album was a collaborative effort from the start with each of us bringing our unique musical background and experiences to bare. The themes in this album are simultaneously universal and intimate, touching on love and loss and the journey we all take to find our way on a chaotic sea to the individual islands of our home.

The album will be released digitally on October 9th, 2015. Our album release show will be on November 6th, with more details to come.

To celebrate this upcoming release, we’re making our new LP available for streaming on our bandcamp page and right here on our website. Listen and share and let us know what you think. Additionally, You can now name your price for our previous release on our bandcamp page as well.

Thank you to everyone for your support over the past few years. We have a great release here and we hope you love it.

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September 21, 2015

Sofar Sounds: Milwaukee

Back in April, The Vitrolum Republic was invited to perform at Sofar Sounds: Milwaukee. Here is some video from that show. Special thanks to Sofar Sounds: Milwaukee and all of the volunteers who make these shows such an incredible experience for both musician and patron alike. Sign up to their mailing list to get invited to upcoming Sofar Sounds events in town.

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September 20, 2015

“For the lovespun…” An Introduction

Our new full length studio LP, “For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes” is complete. More to come on our release schedule and album release show. In the interim, here’s a trailer of sorts with footage of us recording the track, “Storms Call Me Out.”

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May 30, 2015

Summer Shows and Album Notes


We’re getting close now. The new album is nearly complete and summer is upon us. We’re performing at a number of outdoor venues over the next three months. All of the details are on our tour page. Can’t wait to see you all again!

Five years is a long time to be working on a new album and we’re so excited to unveil it. We’re working on the details for an album release show, but in the interim, if you want to hear what we’ve been writing, check us out at any of these upcoming events.

  • June 19th – Friday Night Live, Waukesha
  • July 9 – Bastille Days, Milwaukee
  • July 21 – Chill on the Hill, Bay View
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!