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A brief chat with Vain


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San Fran sleaze rock outfit Vain, fronted by Davy Vain, don’t play out too often in the States anymore, so it’ll be great to see them at the Buffalo Rose in May. We chatted with the singer about it.S

Yellow Scene: The Enough Rope album was 2011 – is there any new Vain material on the cards?

Davy Vain: We’re working on some stuff but we haven’t started recording yet because everybody’s been pretty busy. I produce stuff, and everybody in the band does other things too. As soon as this little run of shows is done then we’ll probably start on pre-production, and then we’ll probably get in there and start recording. We’re definitely going to be doing another album.

YS: It seems like there’s a resurgence of sleazy rock ‘n’ roll – do you agree?

DV: Yeah, but I think it’s been going on for a long time. I haven’t played in America for a while, I’ve been playing Europe mostly the last few years, and it’s really big over there. There are all these young bands that look 1980s, and tis is going back six or seven years. I think maybe it’s starting to hit over here too, where people are getting excited about it. I don’t really think about it like that – I just write the music I write, and just do what I do. I don’t think about any resurgence or anything.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

DV: You know, I haven’t been to Denver since probably 1990. It’s a long time. I haven’t played Denver since the No Respect tour. Like I say, I haven’t played America that much. We’ve never overplayed. The only other places in America I’ve played are California, and New York, plus Rocklahoma, and some other festivals. We never overstayed our welcome.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

DV: We’re probably going to do a few things from the new record, and then pretty much the rest will be No Respect songs, the debut album. I pick a song or two from the second album, and that’s what it;s looking like right now. The current lineup is all original members – James Scott, Ashley Mitchell, Tommy Rickard on drums, me on vocals, and then the other guitarist is Shawn Rorie who we had with us in Road Crew [a band that featured members of Vain plus Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses].

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

DV: Right now, I’m producing the new Orchid album. They’re on Nuclear Blast – a really hard rock band. Also, some R&B acts and singers. I’m diversifying. We’re definitely going to be working on the new Vain record. I have a bunch of songs written, and we’re probably going to be recording some old Vain songs that we never recorded. We can go through them and see how we feel now.

Vain plays with Steve Summers, Prophets of Addiction and Quitters Anonymous at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the Buffalo Rose; 1119 Washington Ave., Golden; 303-278-6800; $15-$40.

Author

Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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