Wednesday, January 27, 2010

VAST - Tattoo of Your Name

VAST is comprised of one man and one man only: Jon Crosby. The songwriter grew up in Humboldt County, CA, and was profiled as a promising guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine at the age of 13.

He was nearly signed to the guitar-based label Shrapnel, but he turned down the offer and focused on honing his songwriting chops instead. Crosby soon left high school to do home study, and he began assembling a band in order to perform some demos he recorded all by himself, under the name VAST. Although he was able to play shows, the band proved to be a revolving door of members, with Crosby serving as the frontman and focal point.

The acronym VAST stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theater and is the main creation of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Crosby.

Todays tune is take from his fifth album "April" and was released in October 16, 2007. April differs greatly from past VAST albums in sound. Quiet ambient electronics play behind large acoustic guitars and Crosby's voice with drums to lead the rhythm.

Regarding the album, Crosby said "Some people may think all VAST albums are about loss but I would say the first album was about conflict, the second about longing for freedom, and the third about beauty. These songs were written during a time in my life were I was going through the deep loss of my lover and the loss of all my money from bad deals and bad labels. The result was that I was down and didn't treat myself very well.

I put all those feelings into this record and it’s something I’m very proud of. While it’s true that I will always feel most proud of my latest effort, I do however feel that this record comes from my heart and that in itself makes it a success if only artistic. I only have a few albums like this in me. This and my first album are my favorite albums to date."

There are two versions of the album, Retail and Online, both featuring different track listing and different mixes. However, the Retail version is the final, mastered mix of the release.


* Visual Audio Sensory Theater (1998) Elektra
* Music for People (2000) Elektra
* Nude (2004) 456 Entertainment / SPV
* Turquoise & Crimson (2006) 2blossoms
* April (2007) 2blossoms
* Me and You (2009) 2blossoms

Todays tune "Tattoo of Your Name" Enjoy!

More info @ VAST Official Website

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