In the history of recorded music, some of the most prolific releases include KISS’ “Alive!” (1975), Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive!” (1976), and The 1975’s DH00278 (Live From The O2, London, 16.12.16) (2017). What do they all have in common? They’re all live albums, capturing the essence of a band’s live performance in both stage dynamics and crowd approval. Live albums aren’t as common as they used to be, which is nice when an artist takes the effort to put one out in today’s musical landscape. Such as the case from the latest effort by St. Francis Records artist, Vanishing Shores.
Vanishing Shores continues its musical journey by releasing their first live album, ‘Dead Language’, on October 7th, 2022. By refusing to be comfortable and safe, Vanishing Shores is creating a bold future where their music becomes a vital part of the shared experiences of their audience. Kevin Bianchi is eternally restless, always listening and engaging with the world around him to capture truth and beauty and to wrestle with their larger implications in song. Singles released in promotion of the album include “Up All Night” and “Always”.
Formed in Cleveland, Ohio as a vehicle for singer/songwriter Kevin Bianchi, Vanishing Shores is a band that explores beauty wherever it may lead. With elements of Britpop combined with the urgency of Indie Rock, Vanishing Shores has spent the last three years exploring a musical journey that is both intensely personal and universal in its focus. Kevin Bianchi has been joined by a rotating collective of collaborators who each provide their unique talents to carefully craft the musical vision of Vanishing Shores both in the studio and on stage.
The live album kicks off with a musically-euphoric drone before launching into the energetic first track “Road Less Traveled” that’s met with crowd applause. Filled with driving drums, well-crafted vocal harmonies, and crunchy blues guitar playing. Then followed by the emotive, dynamic track “Fix Me”. In the vein of 90s alternative, the third track “Locks” features prolific lyrics such as “there’s a future for these scars”, touching on past trauma and looking ahead towards a brighter future. The album (and show) concludes with the storyteller-esq track “Up All Night”, ending the performance with the crowd in Bianchi’s grasp.
“‘Dead Language’ is our first live album and it captures the band and its rediscovery of the joy of live performance after two years in exile. Like so many musicians, COVID almost immediately removed the opportunity to connect with a live audience. During that time we continued to write and produce new music, but we longed for the day when we could return to a local venue and sing at the top of our lungs with a community of friends and supporters.”
“While we had not originally anticipated releasing the recording of the live show, we were struck by how energetic it was and it was almost like discovering the love of an audience for the first time again. Because of this, we decided to share it as a tribute to our supporters. It is a testament to the power of music and art to survive and even thrive in even the most difficult of circumstances. May we never lose the feeling of joy, hope, and empowerment that comes with sharing one’s journey in song before a live audience. That connection can never be duplicated or replaced.” – Kevin Bianchi/Vanishing Shores
“Dead Language” is available on all streaming platforms on October 7th.