the vanguard

the vanguard


Hours upon hours in the studio seem to produce driving, energetic, melodic, indie pop alternative. So, that's what we play. Dance, don't dance, sing in public, or maybe in the shower, hum, kiss, tell - whatever you do - enjoy yourself and the music.


In order to create the Vanguard, Zeus pinned a gigantic map of the world to the wall in his office. He picked up four golden darts. Blindfolded, he reached for the first dart, drew his hand back and flung it to the map. "Ah I see, the singer shall be from the mountains of Virginia," and so, Aaron Barr was born. Flying through the air, the second dart dropped down in Przemysl, Poland. "How cute, a potato baby will be the guitarist." The next was raised and thrown, descending upon the spot of earth called Serbia. "This little guy will witness the partition of his country. This will make him very good on the keys and bass guitar." The creator reached for the final dart, but stopped before throwing it." I need someone steady and dependable, unlike those other kookie kids. A drummer to hold the beat to the music." He let it fly and it touched down in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "Young man you will be the drummer," the creator told the tango baby who had yet to be born. And, my friends, the rest is history. Since then, The Vanguard were featured on Matt Pinfield's Morning Show on 101.9 RXP. The boys have played every noteworthy venue in NYC (including a recent Motown/Universal showcase), were featured in a half-dozen showcases during SXSW 09, played the EXIT festival in Serbia, and MPMF in Cincinnati. named them a buzzworthy up-and-coming band because of their "bubbling melting pot of sounds, influences, and ethnic backgrounds." With their second EP 'Playtime!' about to be released this fall, The Vanguard are gearing up to hit the road for their first international tour. - Maria Clark


2008 - Self Titled EP
2009 - Mow Crew Soundtrack
2009 - "Both Sides" chosen for
RethinkPopMusic Vol. 1
2009 - Playtime!

Set List

1. Fiasko
2. And Then We'll Dance
3. Burg
4. Bright Lights
5. Both Sides
6. Monday Night
7. Take You Out
8. All I Want
9. Rio
10. Slow Down

Our sets are usually 40 - 45 mins long