NEW LIVE FOOTAGE !
Hi Boys and Girls,
This is Dustin the Drummer. Just wanted to let you know I have uploaded footage from our latest mini live tour in Oregon this May in the VIDEO SECTION
. My wife Miho recorded the shows on our brand spankin' new High Definition Camera from Japan, BAM! Your gonna love it.
P.S. That is a picture of Paul and I during the drum recording session for the new album. The drums and the room were sounding so sweet! Can't wait till you all get to hear it!
I know we haven't given you guys a blog or news in almost two weeks. Don't you fret. We've been chilling out since the two concerts and recording session the weekend before last. Lemme tell you, if you missed the shows, you missed out big.
The Delineators opened up the show with a half-hour set of surfin' music. The beach party was cookin! Next we danced our asses off to the skankin' sounds of Ska-Venture. These kids were out of their minds. They played a forty minute set which included songs from Real Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, and a few originals. Be on the lookout for these up and coming rude-boys!
We hit the stage in full-force, opening up with the original VAM classic, Beer N Naked Chix. And though the turnout was slim, the crowd went nuts! Looking out onto the dance floor, the guys from Ska-Venture were showing the old-folks how to skank. One woman brought her baby to the show. She paraded the baby around dancing like there was no tomorrow. Her husband, who looked like he was too cool to dance, finally gave up and was acting the idiot like the rest.
We called upon some kid in the crowd to help us play Bowling which was deemed "the most metal song on the planet" by Rolling Stone magazine....or was it Paul? Whatever. We handed this kid a tambourine and let him go bananas onstage.
We came to destroy and in true VAM Commanders form we gave you your ten dollars worth. An hour and forty-five minute set filled to the brim with VAM oldies and a gang of never before heard songs off of our in-the-works album, This is Not a Time Machine.
We ended the set when Josh jumped off the stage during the encore and hurt himself. He stuck it out like a man and played the rest of the song wiggling and writhing in pain in the middle of the dance floor.
The next morning we hit the road for Corvalis for a show we had booked that night. People came all the way from Portland and Medford to see the show. Due to the previous nights injury, Josh rocked the concert from a stool but that didn't hinder the legendary live performance.
All in all, it was a great weekend. We enjoyed mingling with the fans, old and new. We posed for ridiculous pictures and rocked your socks off.
We have some great stuff coming up so stay tuned to thevamcommanders.com and be sure to hit up the Facebook page for news. If you want merch just email us as email@example.com. If you want to give us free stuff email us. We love you. Rock hard, hard rockers .
And we're doing it right this time. No spray painted t-shirts (though I gotta say that those were pretty bad-ass) or black and white shitty printed stickers (the Naked Paul was my favorite - Oooh!) This time we did it for realzies and got the lovely t-shirt you see to our left (as modeled by Steph's new boyfriend), as well as stickers, shot glasses, and beer koozies. That's right, I said beer koozies. Now Scotty can FUCKING REPRESENT and keep his beer cold while he's sitting in a deer blind for five days before coming home empty handed. Except he's not empty handed, he has VAM loot. He just didn't kill any deer because he's a suck hunter.
But I digress.
We'll be selling the previously mentioned treasures at the first show
on May 6 in Central Point and the second show
on May 7 in Corvallis. Supplies are limited so don't expect to be able to just grab these collectors items later. See you at the shows! Don't let the white man get you down (and by the white man, I mean Chris).
For a preview of the gear we're pushing, click here
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First 25 people to the show get a powder pack of vaam !
Packing up for the big trip to the US and found that unfortunately the 6 pack of VAAM was to heavy to bring along. But lucky I discovered they got VAAM POWDER! And lucky for you, the first 25 people to the show @ the Central Point Grange on May 6, each get a pack. VAAM is guaranteed to enhance your night
- Dustin (in Tokyo)
SIX-PACK of SUPER VAAM !!!
You know you want it!
So You Say You Want a New Vam Album? Well, This is What it Will Take
Simple answer: money. You know, moolah, duckets, chedda.
But why you say? That's another simple answer: geography. The band is scattered around the Pacific Rim, making things like practicing and recording new songs a more time-consuming and expensive proposition. It's especially problematic because being The VAM Commanders, we're not exactly rolling with Jay Z financially.
Luckily, there's something you can do about it.
We're getting ready to launch a campaign to raise funds to produce and promote our new album, This is Not a Time Machine, through a process called crowd-funding, in which you the fans, pitch in a few bucks through an online service to help us raise the necessary capital.
It's easy, safe and making a lot of awesome projects happen across the world.
But don't get us wrong. We're not going to be asking you for a handout. We'll be hocking merch and pre-selling the album. If you kick in $15 bucks, you'll get a copy of the new album as soon as its done. Throw in a few more, and we'll give you stuff like t-shirts, side projects and more. Catch is, if you don't, there may not be an album for you to buy later. Such is the way of the almighty dollar.
Some of you may have heard of Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding service. But we're going to be using a site called IndieGoGo.com, because it's better suited to our needs, and because Kickstarter are a bunch of doo-doo heads.
The details of the campaign are still being finalized, so you can't take part just yet. But you can expect more updates and for the campaign to kick off sometime in the next few weeks. But until then, you can read this article in Boise Weekly, if you'd like to know more about crowdfunding.
Boise Weekly: Alms for the Creative
'Well, Chuck, the date started off well...'
The time is almost here. That's right, folks. It's time to get ready for the next exciting installment of "The VAM Commanders Rock Your Buttocks". Or should I say, the concert at the Central Point Grange hall featuring The VAM Commanders and Ska-Venture. While, things are looking busy at the VAM camp, I've picked up on a strange trend lurking among the masses. Adulthood.
As I peruse the VAM Facebook and event page, maybe see an old friend at the market, and even when I look in the mirror; I see that being an adult has crept up on us like a jerk-off mosquito with a small-guy complex the size of Texas. What a drag.
Now, don't get me wrong. We get older and we eventually have more responsibility. Or better yet, "Mo money, mo problems". I guess the issue isn't really about being an adult; the problem is that many believe that being an adult means no fun. No fun, no danger, no Ska shows, no living.
Exhibit A: Take a quick look at the event page for the show coming up. Over and over again you will see the "I gotta work" excuse. I am a firm believer in having integrity in the workplace, so this isn't about shirking off you boss or doing the punk thing and flipping the MAN the bird then pissing in his coffee (though, I don't discourage that either).
Here's my argument. The event was officially announced a month ahead of time. Now, I've spent nearly all of my life in the workforce and I have never had a single employer deny me three to four hours off given a months notice. However, people have to work before they even ask their boss. Huh.
Now this isn't to disrespect anybody and I'm not hurt about people not going to the show (it's selling out anyway). I just want to encourage those who answer, "Working" when someone asks what they've been up to.
Lemme dish out the facts for a moment. Your bills will always be there, your family is at home, the tax-man is after you and you are not the same person your mate fell in love with. We need a break. We are in desperate need of a Ska show with friends. We need time in our live to dance our cares away.
Did you have a hard day at work? Dance it off. Are the kids driving you bananas? Drop the monkeys off at grandmas and take the wife out to dinner. No, take her ice-blocking down a grassy hill then get some 7-11 nachos and kiss her with your funky breath.
Guess what, we're all dying and we can't escape it. Don't act dead until you are. Do something crazy, and please don't ever answer "working" when someone wants to know what you've been up to. Take heed to wisdom, my friends.
Oh, and ask for May 6th off cuz there is going to be a rockin' show at the Cenrtal Point Grange Hall. It's ten bucks. The VAM Commanders are gonna be there, Ska-Venture is gonna be there, your sister is gonna be there (making out with Paul) and, damn it, you're gonna be there too (making our with Paul's sister)!
Can't make it to that show? That's cool, you have another chance to see the Commanders in action at the Bombs Away Cafe on May 7th. Rock on hard rocker
Where in Tarnation?!
Maybe I've been away from Oregon too long... but I am sure some of your are asking the same question... WHERE IN TARNATION IS THIS PLACE?!
Not that it really matters, NOWHERE IS SAFE!
I'm bringing the Tsunami with me and we're gonna rock it like a 9.0!!!
SIX PACK OF VAAM