The Vim Dicta
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The Vim Dicta

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Band on The Rise: The Vim Dicta : Feed : Culture Collide"

Experiencing The Vim Dicta live is a must. Dark, melancholic vocals enchant, suffocate and release the audience. Eerie lyrics hover over striking guitar melodies that weave through the air alongside extraordinary percussion.

Reviving psychedelic rock, the The Vim Dicta is also adding an undeniably individual sound to LA's underground music scene. It came as no surprise that the band (Cori Elliott, Matt Tunney, and Chris Infusino) started in any reclusive space they could get their hands on to practice for hours on end. This seclusion coupled with their sincere passion for playing helped mold their style, collaboration, and friendship before they brought their sound to venues in Los Angeles. - Culture Collide

"The Vim Dicta's Strong Mysterious Energy"

Editor's Note: The Vim Dicta is one of three finalists in L.A. Weekly's Best Live Band contest, with a winner to be chosen later this month by our panel of experts. Read about our other finalists, Mars and the Massacre and Yoya.

Our third, and final, best live band finalist are the groovy, psychedelic, hard-rocking The Vim Dicta.

They're doing well for themselves, having contributed a song to Sons of Anarchy, and picked up a number of equipment sponsors (yay, free gear!). You can check them out in our original video, below.

It all started when Cori Elliott met Matt Tunney at Coachella 2010. Elliott (lead vocals, bass, rhythm guitar) had been writing folk songs alone in her bedroom. Since relocating from Austin, Elliott was searching for someone to write with.

"He brought another musical side out of me," Elliott says of lead guitarist Tunney, who was mentored by master guitarist Leo Nocentelli of power funk band The Meters.

"The backbone of my guitar work is funk," Tunney says.

They came together, and, through a long and complicated process, decided to name themselves The Vim Dicta. "I thought 'The Vim Dicta' was very strong, strange and mysterious," says Elliott. "They are also Latin rooted words meaning 'energy' and 'factual statements,' which in some ways goes with our music."

While touring in New York with a drummer who wasn't working out, Elliott and Tunney put an ad up on Craigslist titled, "Serious Opportunity, We Don't Have Time To F*ck Around!"

They weren't kidding.

Burned out on the nearly 30 gigs a week he was playing as a freelance musician, drummer Chris Infusino responded. When the Vim Dicta's manager called him the same morning, he figured they would set up an audition a few days later. Nope. "We're filming for Live On Letterman tomorrow," he was told. "I'm sending a car to pick you up in 40 minutes."

Infusino's personal progressive rock influences were thrown into the mix with Elliot's folk and blues leanings and Tunney's funk background.

"We all gelled amazingly immediately," Infusino says. "Our first time playing was as if we'd been playing for 10 years."

It's this compelling collision of musical worlds that makes the Vim Dicta one of our finalists in the Best Live Band contest. They've got a strong, mysterious energy (suggested by their name) that Elliott believes draws in audiences.
"We are a very 'feel' oriented band," she says. "We love the idea that the same song will be different every night." - LA Weekly

"THE VIM DICTA'S "VON TANGO EP" #1 BEST ALBUM - Nathan Carpenter's Best of 2013 12/20/13"

We did a session with the “psycho groove” band The Vim Dicta back in the early summer, and they were in the process of recording this at the time. They definitely left an impression on me after seeing them perform, and I kept them on my radar. Well, their EP Von Tango is out, and it’s no disappointment. It’s got everything I loved about them after first seeing them: gritty guitars, attitude, psychedelic vibes and energy. Check it out, it’s worth it. - LAST.FM


Von Tango EP- 2013

Currently working on our first LP that will be released next year. 



Embodying the pure energy of great Rock n’ Roll, THE VIM DICTA serves up soulful, sophisticated musicianship and clever lyrical content consistently delivered in powerfully memorable performances. As the growing buzz attests, their shows conjure the kind of excitement felt in the 1960’s when rock bands took the music world by storm. 

It all started with two friends in a garage, two guitars, some low quality microphones and an 8-track recorder. The Vim Dicta formed in late 2011 amidst LA’s re-energized underground music scene and have worked hard writing and gigging to keep honing their sound and attract music fans looking for something unique and powerful.  

Original members CORI ELLIOTT (vocals/bass) and MATT TUNNEY (guitar/vocals) make up the nucleus of the trio and have set the tone for the band’s sound. Chicago native CHRIS “FUSE” INFUSINO (drums and percussion) was brought aboard in June 2013 when the band was on tour in New York. They are now three equal parts of positive virtuosic rock.

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