Villa Vina
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Villa Vina

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Villa Vina (2006 Demo)
Villa Vina ("Colony Collapse" EP 2007)



"When you ask Villa Vina what their music sounds like they say, "like Ignatious J. Reilly's beautiful footsteps". An absurdly odd answer, but after hearing their music, somehow I get it .It is abstract expressionism forged into structure by some very fiery imaginations. The core concept was fomented by front man and lead vocalist Luke Destefano in the active underground music community of Rhode Island, and eventually migrated to the eastern seaboard's music Mecca- New York City. Luke, a ridiculously proficient multi-instrumentalist, story- boarded his compositions in his home studio and played all of the instruments out of necessity. The sound that would emerge took a page from the 70's prog-rock play book (King Crimson, Yes, Genesis) and mid 90's indie-rock (Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, Jawbox). When Luke moved to NYC , he met bassist, Tommy Orza, a former member of the highly praised post-hardcore band, "On the Might of Princes" (Revelation Records). Their styles clicked immediately and they recorded demos with Luke singing and playing guitar, keys and drums. Tommy's fluent bass complimented Luke's songwriting seamlessly and the core of a new band was solidified. Eventually the band teamed up with local drummer Ben Gershman. They subsequently recorded an amazing EP that generated a local buzz in the Indie scene. Villa Vina then began performing in and around the Tri-state area, wowing crowds at each show with their sincere passion and finely honed technical skill. Eventually, they would lure in former "On the Might of Princes" drummer, Chris Enriquez- a Bruford style tour de force rhythmacist, and the trio had it's high performance engine. Chris had recently come off tour from playing with Criteria (ex Cursive/White Octave) and recorded a full length EP with the band, Gracer (Revelation Records). With the addition of Chris Enriquez, the band became a unstoppable force with new songwriting contributions and an unmistakable chemistry. Villa Vina has a tightness of ensemble only acheived by a musical telepathy between players and perfectly timed instincts. Chris and Tommy have become the perfect foundation to Luke's creativity, and their contributions on songs like "All I Saw Was Black and "Transformer" are a modern rhythm section master class. What separates Villa Vina from other bands is the group's incentive to be inventive. Villa Vina is delivering an alternative to stale genres that are easily pigeon-holed and they continue pushing the envelope as if on musical steroids. The bands' influences span such a wide variety of styles ranging from the colors of an early Pink Floyd to the energetic excesses of My Bloody Valentine, and as wacky and intense as Mars Volta with someone like Brian Eno sitting in. Their songwriting process involves each member challenging one other to be as creative as possible and play to their best ability. When it gels, believe me, it is as good as it gets. When you factor this awesome technical skill with their sincere " F*@K" the Establishment" passion, you have something so pure and powerful, that you have to recognize!

The band recently completed an East Coast tour w/ From Autumn to Ashes (Vagrant) & The Number Twelve Looks Like You (Eyeball Records) in support of their self-released EP entitled "Colony Collapse," which is was produced by Keith Souza & Seth Manchester @ Machines with Magnets Recording Studios in Rhode Island.(Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, Battles, Lighning Bolt, Chinese Stars, Daughters). Following the tour, the band was picked up by Solid PR to handle their marketing, publicity and scouting" - Aimee Chow / IMG Artists