Vanity Theft Background Info
The band started in 2005 as “Vanity Pledge” when the members were still in high school, and was made up of Brittany Hill (guitar, vocals), Alicia Grodecki (keyboard, vocals), Elyse Driskill (drums), and Staci Farfsing (bass). Starting out playing cover material, the band shifted to writing and playing original music after Lindsey Keene replaced the college-bound Farfsing on bass, and the group was renamed “Vanity Theft”.
Keene left the band to pursue schooling and was replaced on bass shortly after their 2nd Album was completed, in April 2010 by Lalaine Vergara-Paras, previously best known for her role in the early 2000s on the TV show LizzieMcGuire. Lalaine was asked to leave in January 2011 just before touring was to resume, currently the band remains made up of its 3 original founding members. They have since toured with Amanda Dellevigne, Kelly Riot and currently, on The Lady Killers Tour, Allison Kelly.
Imagine mixing Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Start, The White Stripes, and The Kills. Can you possibly fathom what type of music you’d end up with after such an amalgamation? You’d end up with Vanity Theft. There’s also a mixture of another awesome band that for the life of me I can’t quite name at this time. It’s so familiar, and I really notice it in Ego… bah! Anyway – even though Vanity Theft might have some bits and pieces that will remind you of other music, there is so much creativity and originality to these ladies that you can’t help but be amazed. To be honest, I’m pretty much addicted to them right now.
If you are a fan of harmony, melody, Rock, Pop, Indie, amazing vocals, or just great music in general, you are going to love Vanity Theft. As a nice enhancer, Vanity Theft gives off a bit of a Electro type feel to their music. It’s not all the time, but it is pretty awesome when they do it. And in some of their songs, there’s just a hint of spookiness (like in Headstart).
It’s really hard for me to try to pick out my favorite song. Headstart is obviously amazing, as is Ego, but I really like Make It Stick. My favorite is one of those three. Don’t make me choose! One of my favorite things about Vanity Theft is how their songs tend to sway gracefully from verse to chorus. It just seems like the transitions are so smooth and and flawless. It’s always a treat to find music that not only sounds great, but is structurally sound.
Now apparently I’m a little late to the party. These ladies have been around for a few years, and whenever I end up finding a great band like this after they’ve been around that long, I tend to want to kick myself. But hey, at least I heard them, right? And now if you’ve never heard them before I’ve introduced you to good music. And maybe you’ll do the same for someone else. That’s what we’re all about here. Listen – Learn – Share. So listen to Vanity Theft’s May release, “The Right Amount of Distance”. Also be sure to watch the video above and see their new video for Headstart. It’s pretty snazzy! Enjoy!