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August 2014
Vinyl Thief
""Fathoms"
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In high school, my friend Craig Lee took it upon himself to educate me on what to do when I got high, which was: take a 311 CD and play it through Windows media player, and set the visualization to “Ambience.” With those days behind me (and a few subsequent years lost devil-sticking for tips as I followed 311 tours) I had long forgotten that particular use for Windows until I listened to Vinyl Thief’s debut album, “Fathoms.”

 

Released July 22nd, “Fathoms” listens like an entity. Granted, all albums vary song to song, and this one is no different, but few pluck the same rubber band in your brain and sustain it throughout it the duration. Fewer still can be so closely likened to getting lost watching a pixelated visualization of music on your ’01 Dell, wondering:“Whoa, how did they know to do that?”

 

Vinyl Thief is a synth driven powerhouse of a band that has been gathering acclaim since the release of their “Rebel Hill” EP in 2012. The group has essentially come of age playing together, from their high school inception to logging hours of practice in a church-sanctuary-turned-rehearsal space to perfect the sound and rapport that makes Vinyl Thief extraordinary. There are not many bands with such an expert handle on their sound.

 

There are a few anchors in Vinyl Thief that make them so listenable. Their synthesizers are going to do something beautiful. Grayson Proctor’s vocals are going to run through an impressive range without ever sounding forced or theatrical. And every song is going to reliably blow your mind in some way. It might be on a smaller scale, like when the guitar breaks the silence after the bridge in “London” with what I can only imagine a swoon would sound like. Or it could be big, like when the track “Rebel Hill” finally reaches a crescendo after a series of goosebump-inducing change-ups. The band has a knack for zig-ing when a zag is expected, going soft instead of loud, or even bigger when they’re already turned up.

 

Vinyl Thief is one of the best examples of the modern face of Nashville music, where already talented musicians go through great pains to learn their craft and the business around it. This is a band that is one sync away from national exposure. Be prepared to hear much more Vinyl Thief after Apple or Toyota licenses one of their tracks. Considering that “Fathoms” is a collection of their best material meticulously recorded and lovingly presented like a bowl of all-red jelly beans ready for the grabbing, this is only a matter of time. –Terra James-Jura

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Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

Deleted Scenes is The Deli DC Area Best Emerging Artist of 2011

They did it again!

Imaginative indie poppers Deleted Scenes won our Best of DC Area 2011 Poll for emerging artists for the second year in a row! This is the first time a band wins it twice...  They sure need to buy a beer to that ONE fan who voted for them, since that single vote (worth 0.001 points in our perverse system) avoided a tie with Sweet Leda, the funk-rock winners of the Readers' and Fans' Poll, who placed 2nd. Big Kudos also to Bluebrain, a really interesting electronic project that was rewarded in particular by the Jurors' vote.

1. DELETED SCENES

2. SWEET LEDA


ComScore

3. BLUEBRAIN

 
BAND
J
W
F
OS
TOTAL
 
1
Deleted Scenes
3
1
0.001
2
6.001
2
Sweet Leda
3
 
3
 
6
icon
3
Bluebrain
5
 
0.005
 
5.005
icon
4
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
5
 
0
 
5
icon
5
The Mean Season
3
1
0.017
 
4.017
icon
6
Lower Dens
3
1
0.005
 
4.005
icon
7
Pianos Become the Teeth
2
1
1
 
4
icon
8
Brooks Long
2
 
1.5
 
3.5
icon
 
Satori Trova
 
 
2
1.5
3.5
icon
10
Big/Bright
3
 
0.12
 
3.12
icon
11
Presto Bando
3
 
0.055
 
3.055
icon
12
Auroboros
3
 
0.017
 
3.017
icon
13
Satan's Satyrs
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
14
Storm The Beaches
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
15
Black Hills
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Mobius Strip
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Silo Halo
3
 
0.002
 
3.002
icon
 
Warchild
2
1
0.002
 
3.002
icon
19
Murder
3
 
0
 
3
icon
20
Is And Of The
 
1
0.051
1.5
2.551
icon
21
Dance For the Dying
2
 
0.037
 
2.037
icon
22
Shark Week
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
23
The Blackberry Belles
2
 
0.011
 
2.011
icon
24
Acid Queen
2
 
0.006
 
2.006
icon
25
Birdlips
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
26
Office Of Future Plans
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
27
The Diamond Center
2
 
0.002
 
2.002
icon
28
Miyazaki
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
29
John C
2
 
0
 
2
icon
30
The Capital Hearings
2
 
0
 
2
icon
31
The Will To Survive
 
 
0.5
1.25
1.75
icon
32
The Great Unknowns
 
 
0.008
1.5
1.508
icon
33
Kindlewood
 
 
0.078
1
1.078
icon
34
The Flying Eyes
1
 
0.068
 
1.068
icon
35
Brittany Jean
1
 
0.04
 
1.04
icon
36
White Life
1
 
0.013
 
1.013
icon
37
Drop Electric
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
38
Borracho
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
Teen Mom
1
 
0.006
 
1.006
icon
 
We Were Pirates
 
 
0.006
1
1.006
icon
41
Ilsa
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
Spine Buster
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
 
The Young Ladies
1
 
0.004
 
1.004
icon
43
Deathrats
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
Dope Body
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
45
Regents
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
 
The Hint
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
47
Volta Bureau
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
48
Alice Anna
1
 
0
 
1
icon
 
River James
1
 
0
 
1
icon
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W = Deli Writers - F = Fans
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