Survival; at its core, every living organism shares in the desire for its own continuation. On their full-length ten track debut album, We Survive [Another Century], Los Angeles alternative rock trio VATTICA explore the theme of humanity’s capacity for survival, along with the internal struggle that arises when contemplating ones purpose in life, and the very nature of existence itself. Singer and guitarist Alexander Millar elaborates, “(We Survive) is a reference to the durability of…Read More
Survival; at its core, every living organism shares in the desire for its own continuation. On their full-length ten track debut album, We Survive [Another Century], Los Angeles alternative rock trio VATTICA explore the theme of humanity’s capacity for survival, along with the internal struggle that arises when contemplating ones purpose in life, and the very nature of existence itself.
Singer and guitarist Alexander Millar elaborates, “(We Survive) is a reference to the durability of the human spirit. Human beings continue to persevere not only personally, but as a species. I think that the fact that we’re still around is incredible. In the face of terrifying odds, one of the best qualities of a person is the ability to carry on.”
That diligence and dedication defines VATTICA’s own approach and narrative thus far. Hailing from the East Bay, California, Alexander and longtime friend and drummer Prentice played together in various local bands before deciding to make the jump to Los Angeles. After posting a Craigslist ad, the guys received a response from bassist Joey Jane who had recently come to the City of Angels by way of Connecticut on a one-way ticket in 2013.
“He’d been bouncing around Hollywood for two months, but hadn’t found any project he liked yet,” recalls Alexander. “I remember being impressed with the fact that he already knew all the demos that we had sent him before he walked in the door. He played the hell out of the bass; he just nailed it.”
Joey continues, “We really started to gel, not just as musicians but as people right off the bat. We’ve become like a gang, a family.”
“Yeah,” adds Prentice. “And much like a family, you need to stay the hell out of my room!”
Joey laughs, “I know! Anyway, it was at that point that we began to plan out our mission for what we wanted to accomplish and the steps we needed to take to make it happen.”
They self-released an EP and eventually caught the ear of Another Century, Street Smart Management and Concrete Marketing, leading to a deal. VATTICA went on to cut the bulk of We Survive at Soundcheck Studios in North Hollywood, while tracking vocals at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. Now, the record has VATTICA poised to usher in a bold new era of alternative rock.
We Survive touts a futuristic, bombastic alternative rock sound punctuated by flourishes of eighties synths and tinges of pop sensibility, equally evocative of Thirty Seconds to Mars, Muse, Green Day and Depeche Mode, but also reminiscent of some of the sweeping, epic qualities found within the scores of sci-fi films such as Gattica (a name inspiration), Blade Runner and Oblivion.
The first single “Crazy Love” sees Alexander’s breathy deliver morph into an irresistible and impactful refrain. “It’s about being totally infatuated and in love with life and the journey of the human spirit,” says the frontman. “I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of a love song, but they have a deeper meaning should one choose to apply it.”
Prentice adds, “Absolutely. We wrote it to be epic and euphoric. It’s highly affirming and uplifting. I really love the sing-a-long chorus.”
Indeed, “sing-a-long” choruses are plentiful and easy to find when listening to We Survive. The album kicks off with a robust and chaotic riff during the atmospheric and engaging track “The Memory”, blasting open the gates as VATTICA heralds their arrival.
“We wanted to begin with a literal big bang,” Alexander remarks. “(The Memory) is about a sense of perpetual déjà vu; like you feel that there is some sort of higher purpose in your life that you’ve known all along, but you can’t quite remember. You just want to face the world head on.”
In “Broadway”, Prentice serves up a stomping, four-on-the-floor rock beat as the band comments on the harsh times that come with poverty and the desire to burn out brightly. “Nobody’s Innocent” becomes theatrical in its delivery, with one of the catchiest basslines in recent rock history being delivered by Joey Jane, along with a full horn section and a funky groove that draws instant comparisons to everything from Michael Jackson to James Brown. “Air-Conditioned Life” is characterized by a pulsing, electronic, moody dance beat and synths that back Alexander while he dissects inequality, both of the economic, social and political variety, with vivid, vibrant lyricism. Impressively, VATTICA is able to forge all of these elements together into an album that’s coherent, immersive, timeless, immediate and insightful.
Overall, VATTICA is seeking to make a connection. “I hope people resonate with our music in a way where they perhaps feel like they know us as people” says Joey.
“Yes,” adds Prentice. “We want people to use our music as the soundtrack to their lives.”
“Ultimately, we’re all stuck together on a very tiny blue dot floating in space” Alexander leaves off. “We want to create and share music with those who are receptive to it and, hopefully, have some small positive impact on this world which we all share.”