#LaunchTheScene: VOWLS to Perform at Depot Park
Gainesville’s music scene is one that continuously unearths hidden gems and talent within it. Local band (V)OWLS, also known as VOWLS is one of those gems.
VOWLS will be taking their comforting, unique sounds to Depot Park in celebration of both the city and GainesvilleScene’s change in ownership at the November 17th launch party.
“Imagine all of your best friends— the ones who hang out in your living room or the ones whose house you hang out at a lot— having the best time you can have and making up some of the coolest, soul-nurturing music that you can manage,” said Dave Johnson, manager of the local band Locochino, of VOWLS’ music.
“You do this all the time— on Wednesday nights or at Open Mic or at the extended-family potluck, and you start wanting to shout from the rooftops and distribute musical hugs to everyone who passes by,” said Johnson. “One day you all decide to take the living room outside and play to the squirrels, the pedestrians, the bar room, the crossfit gym and the music halls— wherever the people are,” said Johnson of the group.
It’s that same sense of intimacy that flows through VOWLS’ hauntingly soulful sounds and strummings. A feeling of familiar comfort ensues, fueled by authentic, simple intentions.
A self-described combination of folk and sweet blues, the band has perfected a means of making comforting, familiar melodies and cultivating a live environment to match.
“We like to create an environment where everyone can just simply be. We want it to feel like we are all in our back yards, enjoying a fire and loving every precious moment of life,” said the group. “We want you to feel like home.”
The six-piece group, which met at the former local venue The Jam, is composed entirely of Gainesville locals.
The band is composed of Caitlyn Vinci on guitar and vocals, Tristan Harvey on drums and vocals, Amelia Cecilia on vocals, Jordan Brownstein on guitar and melodica and Russ Tyndall on bass.
“There is a lot of great talent in our town and we want to do everything we can to support the arts here,” said guitarist and vocalist Caitlyn Vinci. “The goal is to promote an environment where people feel safe and inspired to express themselves. Gainesville is home and that’s why it’s worth celebrating.”
VOWLS’ live shows feed off the authentic, communal energy Gainesville’s music scene seems to be known to foster.
“We keep things simple. We like to breach the gap between the band and the audience. We are all in it together. Our main goal is to spread love and light through music and continue to eliminate the illusion of separation we all feel,” said Vinci.
“We are really excited about the opening of Depot Park and to be part of an event that supports the arts in our town.”
VOWLS will be playing from 8 to 9 p.m. at The Boxcar at Depot Park. Come celebrate the launch of GainesvilleScene’s new vision and the town that started it all.
For more details on the event, visit the Facebook event page here.