First/Last – Vimanas

March 27, 2020

The truth / Our existence / Carved out / Long ago / In archaic tongue

Vimanas is an obscure indie electronic band from Pittsburgh, who made there bones in the DIY basement show scene, barreling through their brand of lo-fi art rock. They recently released their latest offering, entitled Vimanas II which continues in the view of their genre-bending sound. I want to thank Gene Vercammen (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Astro Lounge, Smash Mouth.

Your last album bought?
Con Todo El Mundo, Khruangbin.

Favorite album of all time?
Paranoid, Black Sabbath.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes.

First concert attended?
B94 Summer Stretch (1999, Star Lake Amphitheater).

Last concert?
Big Thief (2019, NYC).

Favorite concert ever?
Brand New (2018, Baltimore, MD).

Least favorite concert?
Journey & the Doobie Brothers (2016, KeyBank Pavillion).

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
The people, the music, the food, the overall vibe. I think I will always look back on the time in our lives when we were frequenting the dank basements of the South Oakland music scene very fondly—although we are all far removed from those days now, we are still fueled by the spirit we discovered in ourselves back then.

Thanks, Gene. I appreciate your eclectic music that veers from style to style, sometimes within the same song. Definitely keeps things interesting for me as a listener.

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