Vanguard Villains
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Vanguard Villains

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Rock Alternative


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"Vanguard Villains Review"

Excerpt: The album has movement and flow, and repeated listenings reveal a depth that is not easily apparent at first. These demos have strong potential, and it will be interesting to see how the band develops. - Berkely Palace

"Pleasingly Bonkers"

Excerpt: Pick of the bunch (to these ears anyway) is 'Admire', knocking on five minutes of gentle, sophisticated groove. Its the aural equivalent of rubbing your forearm on lush green grass on a beautiful summers day after enjoying half a bottle of wine. - Brill Dream

"Zombie Lips!"

Excerpt: Vanguard Villains takes a powerful vocalist who really knows how to work a guitar, with a highly talented drummer and bassist to make for a group with some killer potential. This little band may find itself hitting the big time one day. - The Wild Honey Pie

"Beehive Candy"

Excerpt: ... a powerful sound and some creative and well performed songs. - Beehive Candy

"Vanguard Villains!"

Excerpt: My personal favorite out of all the tracks is “I Could Save The Day” – its just got that grainy/lo-fi quality to it, almost like a sonic analog of an old photo. ...very catchy and I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard them on the radio. - I Heart Noise

"Weekly Reviews"

Excerpt: (Vanguard Villains) sounds like an alternative/college rock/jam band with elements of guitar virtuoso. - Moxie & Mayhem

"Featured Artist: Vanguard Villains"

Excerpt: Nice guitar schemes, accurate drumming and really interesting vocal lines and atmospheres. Keep an eye on them: you won’t be disappointed. - radioSpin


Vanguard Villains (self-titled), released April 2010. The album has been put into rotation at many internet radio and college radio stations, such as KALX (Univ of California), Insomnia Radio (UK), and RadioSpin (Italy).



Vanguard Villains formed in 2009, when singer/guitarist Neil S. Matharoo linked up with drummer Steve Faller. After a few duo gigs, they recruited classically-trained bassist Marissa Arciola, and soon they released a self-produced full-length album. The band have been receiving a great deal of positive press for their work, with features in many US and international rock blogs and review websites.

Along with the media attention, the band has developed a sizable fan-base, owing in part to their energetic live performances.

Each band member comes from vastly different musical backgrounds and influences, which results in a unique sound. It's easily apparent upon first listen that this is not another "me, too" indie group.