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The Vital Might

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

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




"THE VITAL MIGHT @ Great Scott"

Let’s be clear that we here at the Dig are completely down with high-concept mind-fuckery. Totes into it. All pro-prog up in here. Or pro-g, we suppose. Especially when we’re talking prog of the King Crimson-meets-Isis caliber, which is exactly what The Vital Might are packin’ at Great Scott tonight. Heavy riffs, heady lyrics and trippy stretches of psychedelic good craziness. That … that is the kinda prog we’re talking about. The kind of shit that goes through your head when you’re sketching an alien landscape. The good stuff. - The Weekly Dig

"The Hippo - December 2006"

I don’t even want another local act to break big and become pasteurized gunk like Godsmack did. But chances are very good that Vital Might will get the chance. This band is literally inventing (or QC-ing, if you think Mars Volta is, like, good) modern prog, pitting latter-day Don Caballero against emo, Radiohead, Live and Extreme to – finally – produce something Generation Zzz can be proud of and call its own. The hooks are tremendous, the arrangements are genius. For your next mix burn, download “Mist of Crystals” and “North of Bloody,” or someday you’ll be having another “Godsmack’s from around here?” moment. A - Eric W. Saeger

"Northeast Performer - October 2007"

While all four bands sported different takes on alternative rock, the opener, Vital Might, seemed to have a dozen different takes on the genre. Their sound often straddled multiple genres within every song, which was refreshing and disorienting all at once. Metal, pop punk, emo, prog-rock — it was all there in a surprisingly cohesive concoction. The band was rock solid, and the Upstairs’ acoustics suited their sound well: chugging distorted chords, swirling bass melodies and colossal-sounding drums engulfed the room. Drummer Evan Kraker stole the show, though, with his Danny Carey-influenced approach to progressive metal drumming, including remarkable one-handed choked crashes and inventive ride patterns. Vocalist Andy Milk delivered an impassioned performance, and was sweating profusely from the beginning to the end of the show — always a good sign that a singer’s giving 110%. - Adam Arrigo

"Boston Globe - October 2008"

A heady sophomore CD from Boston's THE VITAL MIGHT, a dramatic rock throwdown that blows away expectations - smart, heavy, and imaginative. - Tristram Lozaw

"Relix Magazine - October 2008"

Grunge, metal, and psychedelic instrumentals are fused together with Andy Milk's darkly mysterious voice in The Vital Might's newly-released second album, Red Planet....The CD begins in an explosion of aching lyrics and heavy guitar riffs, reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire, followed pleasantly and strategically by more wistful moments that lend themselves to the experimental, psychedelic sound of Sigur Ros. Hungry moshers start your engines: These boys live to play shows. - Heather Simon

"Northeast Performer - February 2007"

Their debut album certainly houses its fair share of musical precision...
Those classic prog elements are all here, but they’re also juxtaposed with a sense of more mainstream rock. After all, it’s rare to find lines like “Her palm to my pocket / She slips paper into denim folds / Nine digits now I own” in a prog-rock song. Apparently these guys aren’t afraid to inject some boobs and beer into a genre more well known for classical ed than sex ed... - Brett Cromwell

"Northeast Performer - January 2009"

The Vital Might has created a quality progressive- alternative rock album with their release Red Planet. The album has all the characteristic rock elements, including strong electric guitar providing a loud foundation to their sound, but the band’s inventiveness within their genre proves to make their album and their sound more multifaceted than their peers’. The band takes cues from Radiohead to stray, albeit not that far, from previously developed rock standards. They deconstruct the verse-chorus-verse- chorus-bridge pattern and have their vocal parts border on sporadic. The band also has the ability to create interesting guitar compositions that set them apart from bands with a similar sound, such as A Perfect Circle.

Their variety also sets them apart from the alternative prog rock scene. The Vital Might have managed to add enough dimensionality to their album that it’s hard to expect what will happen as the album progresses; the opening track “Phantom Spaceman,” for example, tells a story of fighting a spaceman to get to a captured woman. Following are two unexpected instrumental tracks, and, toward the end of the album, the lead singer begins to sing an octave higher.

“Superstitious Wish” is a perfect example of the band’s ability to take inspiration from various sounds within their genre. They draw from Red Hot Chili Peppers in their fast-paced drums and quick tempo changes and then Evanescence by recruiting an Amy Lee-sounding singer to do backing vocals. The Vital Might’s Red Planet takes alternative progressive rock one step further than their peers’ attempts by making their album a must- listen for those who appreciate intense and loud instrumentation. (self-released)

-Kelley Allenspach - Kelly Allenspach

"Boston Herald - December 2006"

Andy Milk’s chameleon voice takes you on a journey that evokes Pink Floyd, Buckcherry, Tool and the Red Hot Chili Peppers...Now the Vital Might has a debut album, “Obsidian,” that shows surprising emotional range. The single “Bird of Black Fire” is roller-coaster intense, but “Mist of Crystals” echoes Pink Floyd’s psychedelic melancholy. - Kerry Purcell

" - July 2007"

Sabbath and Sunny Day Real Estate would be proud. The Vital Might channel both bands and go beyond into original territory on Obsidian, a release that reinforces its own urgency and import over 13 strongly crafted and performed songs…Singer/guitarist Andy Milk, bassist/singer Ben Didsbury and drummer Evan Kraker form a tight unit, able to pull off myriad stylistic considerations without collapsing into pretension. The songcraft is evident: while the band can veer from sustained wall-of-sound bridges to gentle clean chords and rim shot choruses on a dime, all transitions are logical, orderly and perfectly placed. No throwing in a two-measure 7/4 break for the sake of it here. The lyrics are intelligent, evoking themes of internal questions and coming to terms. And the playing? Well yeah, these lads have some chops…These are songs that demand your attention. One would do well to make time for The Vital Might, however. Obsidian is the work of a tight band playing strong material very well. And that’s about as good as music gets. - Brian Westbye

"Mish Mash Music Reviews - September 2008"

Red Planet
Magma Music
10 song CD

The Vital Might is a modern rock amalgam, showcasing all that is good and worthy in the current state of progressive modern rock. Their approach is dynamic, moments of easiness surrounded by sheer loudness, a towering haze of condensed sound layers that shift throughout. Think The Mars Volta meets the Doves, with a dash of early Radiohead thrown in for good measure.

The album begins with Phantom Spaceman, a track that stops and stutters around a staccato guitar riff. From there we find a more classic indie/alternative pop sound in The Truth, which gives way to the unusually-observant-yet-gripping City, a song that repeatedly asks "Why is this city here?" Trouble rips along like a Rush tune played at double time, borrowing a bit of early 90s grunginess to make its final point understood.

The band is adventurous and quick to avoid the pigeonhole, eagerly supplying the listener eclectic musical visions with each new track. While the blueprint is somewhat scattered in theory, it never fails to deliver results.

MISH MASH Mandate: Red Rover - Mish Mash Music Reviews

"wbcn 104.1/local music director"

"Alt-drama rock" and "THE VITAL MIGHT are proving they are a band to be reckoned with." - Shred


The Eclipse, LP, December 2012 (Magma Music)
Red Planet, LP, October 2008 (10t Records)
Obsidian, LP, December 2006 (Let's Get Awesome Music)
Demo, October 2005



Epic art rockers The Vital Might releases its 3rd full-length album, The Eclipse, exclusively through Bandcamp on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. TVM will play release parties at Bar4 in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, December 7th, 2012 and Radio Bar in Somerville, MA on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 and will be giving away copies of the album.

The Eclipse introduces more straightforward romantic themes than previous albums, as singer/guitarist Andy Milk wrote most of the lyrics from a seaside Cape Cod cottage leading up to his 2011 nuptials. Other themes include adversity to difficulty, complacency with life's mishaps instead of taking ownership and the idea that parents don’t let their kids burn their proverbial hands on the oven anymore.

The album's final track "Common Sense" proclaims "All we need in a fake town. Consistency and a costumed clown. Narrowing palettes and pontificating fools. Germ killing gel on every molecule."

The band's previous LP Red Planet was met with critical acclaim, landing them a record deal to re-release the album with Charleston, SC-based experimental label 10t Records.

The Boston Globe said, "The band calls it a 'sci-fi mafia love story.' This critic calls 'Red Planet', the heady sophomore CD from Boston’s Vital Might, a dramatic rock throwdown that blows away expectations - smart, heavy, and imaginative".

Relix magazine said "Grunge, metal, and psychedelic instrumentals are fused together with Andy Milk’s darkly mysterious voice in The Vital Might’s newly-released second album, Red Planet. The CD begins in an explosion of aching lyrics and heavy guitar riffs, reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire, followed pleasantly and strategically by more wistful moments that lend themselves to the experimental, psychedelic sound of Sigur Ros."

Previous accomplishments of the band include 160+ adds on college and independent radio for the previous 2 LPs, guest musicians on albums including Casey Desmond and Morphine’s Dana Colley, music on TV shows such as "The Young and the Restless", hundreds of tour dates, and selections in several music conferences.

Items of Note:

* Record deal: In May, 2009, signed record deal with 10t Records, experimental/progressive record label based in Charleston, SC to release 2nd LP Red Planet

* Studio: Released 2 LPs (2006 and 2009)

* Touring: Played over 200 shows (eastern half of US) in 3 years

* Publishing: “Don’t Mind Me”, featuring Morphine’s Dana Colley on saxophone, was featured on CBS’ top rated daytime drama The Young and the Restless

* College radio: 160+ station rotation nationwide for both LPs

* Conferences and contests: 2008 & 2007 Millennium Music Conference, 2007 WBCN Rock N’ Roll Rumble, 2009 Red Gorilla Festival during SXSW

* Endorsements: Silverfox Percussion & Gallien-Krueger amplifiers

* Press: Relix Magazine, Progression Magazine,, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald

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