Today electro-fused, indie-rock tour-de-force VHS Collection return with buoyant new single “Searching For The Light”, and furthermore, share news of their signing to esteemed producer and songwriter Tony Hoffer’s brand new label Tiger Tone. Watch and listen to the track HERE.
Of the track the band comment: “We wrote and recorded "Searching for the Light" in northern Manhattan in February of 2020, a few weeks before COVID-19 hit. We love the high-energy and optimistic tone of the instrumental, the core sample at the beginning and the blend of guitars and synths of the tracks. The idea of 'searching for the light' naturally came out as a reflection of the human condition, the search for meaning, the discovery process. It was a relatable phrase that we felt had depth, it had meaning - but not too heavy. The phrase just came out in the writing process. We didn't overthink it. Perhaps as a projection of internal thoughts or feelings. The verse lyrics describe the desire to isolate, to block out things, to do things alone, to avoid help. Sometimes you need to step away to find your way.”
Hailing from New York City, the band are revered for their exuberant live performances and a singular sound inflected with disco, alt-rock and electronica. The three core members have played music together for most of their lives. James Bohannon and Conor Cook went to middle school together in New York City, while James went to high school with Nils Vanderlip where they started their first band.
Influenced by the likes of preeminent greats such as Phoenix, The Killers, The Talking Heads, Daft Punk, M83, and The Strokes, there is an emphasis on highlighting analog synths in combination with electric guitar, live bass, and live drums alongside programmed elements. While many songs may start on a laptop in a remote cabin in the woods during a weeklong writing retreat, the band always brings these ideas into a proper studio to breathe them to life. There is a focus on creating something that feels modern but is rooted in traditional recording practices.
VHS Collection got their start by playing live around NYC. At first, the band's performances were an excuse to throw parties and play for their friends. Slowly, they began building a real fanbase through word of mouth, eventually selling out the Mercury Lounge before they had even released any music. At that point, the band turned their focus to the studio to record and produce songs. Along the way, they've had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from a variety of experienced and accomplished producers.
In addition to amassing over 100 million global streams to date, VHS have performed at festivals including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Governors Ball. The band sold over 10,000 tickets on their last headline tour and are at-work planning their return to the live stage in 2021.
If searching “Searching For The Light” is a testament of what’s to come, the future promises to carry in their most inspired and realized music to date!