Violet Vicious and The Vagabonds
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Violet Vicious and The Vagabonds

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I wanted to tell you guys how impressed we were with the show at the Elbow Room. It was so exciting to be there. Everyone sounded awesome! Carly!loved it~ wow!! Leo..Where have you been hinding those awesome guitar skills! YOU blew us away!
and the rest of the band was great too..strong solid sound! I cant wait to see yous again! Keep on a rockin!!
Phil and Caryn - My Space


Demo 2007 Fabsound Studios



Violet Vicious and The Vagabonds began as a “basement band” in July, 2007. The original members were Carly Gielarowski (Vocals, Guitar), Phil Freeman( Bass), and Leo Back( Guitar). Our original name was “Under Siege”. Within a month we were joined by Juni (from the band Scale) on drums. Carly had previously been writing songs on a classical guitar and had played a variety of open mic’s, coffee houses and other venues. ( Most notably, Heartland Café, Synergy West, and the Aquage Trade Show at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.)

We began the process of rearranging Carly’s songs to go “electric”. We scheduled to go to Fabsound Studios in early November to cut a 4 song demo of all original music. Just a week before this was to happen, Juni left for Japan to take care of family matters and to live. After a week on intense looking for a replacement drummer we found AJ who played all percussion on our demo & did a hell of a job to boot! What followed was 3 months of countless personnel changes on bass & drums. Phil left the band for personal reasons and AJ was playing for 4-5 bands and couldn’t fully commit.

In mid February 2008 we met Pablo Marotta, who joined us on drums. Pablo is an outstanding individual who brings excitement & dedication to the band. A bass player also joined us and we booked our debut gig for the Elbo Room 4/2/08. Just a week before that show, our bass player announced he was quitting. Ah, the life of music right?

In preparation for our first gig, we had done a couple of “tune-ups” at open mic’s. Horseshoe Lounge in Schiller Park and the Hollywood Lounge on the Northside. At the Hollywood we had met Eric Walker. Eric is one baaad ass bassman who played in a power trio jamming out to Cream, Hendrix, and smokin’ blues. Eric agreed to join us just days before our gig and voila! Our line-up was finally set and our gig was smoking!
In June 2008, Eric left VVV to join Chainsaw Dupont's band playing traditional blues. Phil Freeman, original VVV bassist ,returned to the band to replace him.

Carly’s( aka Violet Vicious) songwriting is drawn from her unique view of personal experiences; her struggles, relationships, political views, and her passions. Add Leo’s arrangements, toss in Pablo’s beat, and cook in Eric’s bad bass bottom and voila; you have VVV’s own unique sound!

VVV is together to make music without getting caught up in the image, hype, and “here today, gone tomorrow” fads of most of mainstream music today. We play original music drawn from life’s experiences with a choice cover or two thrown in. Our sound is distinct and we will continue to grow and develop it so that you-our awesome fans- can relax, have some fun, & groove to great tunes!

Keep checking back with us as we have new songs in the cooker, new dates, very soon a VVV fan mailing list, and just lots of great stuff coming your way!

Peace and Love VVV

For booking or info e-mail: vvvagabonds or call Leo (773) 339-5535

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