July 17, 2013

Your New Passport to The Vitrolum Republic!

The Vitrolum Republic (Photo: Lucian McAfee Photography)

Greetings, visitors to The Vitrolum Republic. We are pleased to unveil our updated website containing new ways to get our content out to you. Take a moment to browse around our site; a lot of the same sections are there now, but our new site allows us to get updates out to you quickly. We have a much better tour calendar that allows you to subscribe to our performance dates, and a mailing list that allows you to subscribe to site updates.

In addition to the redesign, we also have some new content! First off is a music video for a new song called Leonard and Leroy. This video was shot within the historic Pritzlaff building in Milwaukee. We also took the time to organize a photo shoot in that setting, playing off of Milwaukee’s industrial past and cream city brick aesthetic.

The video and photo shoot were both done by Lucian McAfee Photography. Collaborating with Lucian and fellow photographer Josiah Werning was an incredible experience. They brought an artistic vision to the shoot that not only complimented our music, but also showcased the beauty of the Pritzlaff building and her history. It was a dynamic setting that helped set the mood for the pieces and was captured beautifully in the accompanying video.

There is a lot more to come for the band and this site. Please take a moment to subscribe to our mailing list on the right. We have more audio and visual goodies in the pipeline leading up to the release of a new album that we’re currently working on. It’ll all be worth the wait!

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February 16, 2012

Cream City Sessions – Gesu Cathedral Released

Cream City Sessions ~ Gesu Cathedral album cover

A few months ago, The Vitrolum Republic got the opportunity to perform at one of Milwaukee’s oldest landmarks, the Church of the Gesu on the campus of Marquette University. We took the opportunity to create not only a truly unique performance for a live audience, but an album that captures what our live shows are like in a way that our fans can enjoy and share.

Named “Cream City Sessions ~ Gesu Cathedral,” this release is the first in what we hope to be an ongoing series of performances that reflect our band’s home town and the numerous incredible spaces it has to offer for performing music.

The artwork for this album was chosen from some existing work by Milwaukee artist, Sue Lawton, who has previously both created original work for the Vitrolum Republic and incorporated the band in her book, The Circus and the Cyclone. This piece is titled, “Siren Song” and is from her surrealist opera. Find out more about Sue and her work at her website.

You can download this album for free on Bandcamp and view the entire performance on YouTube.

This album was also recently reviewed by our friends at the GeekDad blog at wired.com, so please go check that out.

Thank you, Milwaukee, for your incredible support and we look forward to bringing our unique sound to even more people in the year to come.

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November 17, 2011

WMSE Local/Live and the Journal Sentinel

A couple months ago, The Vitrolum Republic performed on WMSE’s Local/Live program, playing a short set of music and an interview. It was a fantastic experience, as WMSE has a storied and important history in Milwaukee’s alternative music scene, and it was an absolute privilege to perform in their studio. You can listen to a recording of Dón Pravótchka (Go Forth!) from that session below and download your own copy for free here!

Additionally, we stopped in the Journal Sentinel offices to perform some songs for their weekly feature, Sound Check. This accompanied one of the best print articles we’ve had, and really had a great time. You can read the article here and see the performance of Dón Pravótchka on YouTube along with Willow Song, which can be found below.

Lastly, the Cedarburg Cultural Center will be hosting us along side Sue Lawton’s book release for The Circus and the Cyclone in February. Full details to follow. We performed a private event for them earlier and they wrote up a touching blog post about it.

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June 1, 2011

More Press

Even though it’s been months since our album’s release, we’re still getting press and praise for our album. The latest comes by way of a very awesome regional music blog, the Hot Lunch Collective. Check out their full review which says, “the music composition and outstanding blend of instruments used while recording leaves a lasting impression on the listener, and certainly kept my ears perked and eager to hear what would be used next.”

Additionally, our single, Beautiful Release, was featured on the website, Song Of The Day. In the review, the author says that our band, “instantly comes across with the depth and tone of a group well worn with the experience of decades of music making.

We’re always excited and grateful to hear what others have to say about our music. Thank you for your kind words!

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April 29, 2011

Interview on WUWM and New Announcements

A few days ago, we stopped in the WUWM studios to be interviewed by Bonnie North the arts producer for Lake Effect which is a news magazine-style program on Milwaukee’s NPR-affiliated radio station. The interview was great, covering the formation of the band, describing our sound, and introducing Ben Schaefer, The Vitrolum Republic’s newest member and percussionist. In addition to the interview, we performed in studio. You can listen to the interview in it’s entirety below:

And here is the entire in-studio performance:

We’ve additionally drummed up some new press. The UWM Post had an excellent review of a concert at Linneman’s with Wolfgang Schaefer and Castle Thunder. We also participated in the launch of a brand new Milwaukee music blog, Now Add the 7th, with an epic series of interviews.

We also have an exciting summer ahead of us. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be performing at Summerfest this year, along with a return to Polish Fest and a debut at Bastille Days. More to come, as always, so keep an eye on our tour page.

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