After two and a half years in production, The Vitrolum Republic is proud to announce the release of their first full-length album, For Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades. Consisting of complex arrangements using a variety of instruments, the album takes the listener on a journey of musical styles including folk, jazz, blues, gypsy-noir, and singer-songwriter. Underpinning this diversity, however, are common threads rooted in those arrangements and voices of the core members of The Vitrolum Republic.
Featuring Nick Waraksa on piano and accordion, Jordan Waraksa on violin, guitar and banjo and Chuck Lawton on bass, guitar and cello, the trio craft songs evoking memories of growing up and growing together with imaginative stories and themes that gives their music a timeless feel.
Adding to this aesthetic are the additional musicians and artists who helped to create this album. Scott Roush, an early member of The Vitrolum Republic, provided percussion on Lights Out, Make Believe Girlfriend and Stop That Man! Marissa Waraksa sits in on Pretty adding vocal textures to that song’s refrain. Sue Lawton provided artistic illustration used in the album’s liner notes and created the painted backdrop featured on the album’s cover. Nat Davauer brought his artistic vision to bare through his photography and post-production work on the album art.
But the story of Highbrow Sideshows and Rowboat Serenades transcends the music itself. Crafting this work themselves with Chuck Lawton taking on producing and recording duties, The Vitrolum Republic went out to create a truly independent album. This allowed the group to spend as much time as necessary in their studio without making any compromises.
This album also represents a new beginning for a group who has been playing music together for four years. They are hard at work preparing for a CD release event and future shows to bring their live performance to more cities in the coming months.
You can purchase a copy of the album online via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon MP3. Physical copies are currently exclusively available at their live shows. New shows are in the process of being booked, so keep an eye on the tour page.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the group over the past few years and we appreciate your continued support as The Vitrolum Republic continue to write and perform music in to the future.