Saturday March 31, 2018 7:00pm
Vinyl Theatre / Vesperteen
Vandalay, Beta Camp
The Loft Lansing , MI
All Ages

A piece of paper may seem flimsy, but once it’s folded into something it becomes stronger, its weakness suddenly transformed. That’s true for people, too: Once you recognize your weaknesses you can shift them to become your strengths. You can become like that piece of once-flimsy paper, now folded into origami. That’s the premise behind Vinyl Theatre’s dynamic second album, which takes the title Origami to represent the idea that you have the power to reform your personal limitations.

“We toured for eight and a half months during our first year out,” Keegan says. “You start to realize your weakness and your strengths on the road. You realize that there will never be a last hurdle – there’s always another one. There’s always something more to be gained. That song is about finding strength in your faults, which carries through the rest of the record. It’s a positive album with hopeful undertones, but it also touches on these harder parts of life.”

In August of 2016 Vinyl Theatre headed up to upstate New York to record at Dreamland with producers Albert Di Fiore and Alex Aldi, whose work with Passion Pit inspired the musicians to connect with him. The band spent a month recording day in and day out, focusing solely on the music. They used real drums for every track and wanted the process to feel as organic as possible. There were no limits put on what could be tried and in the end, Vinyl Theatre left feeling like they’d tested all sonic options. “We were able to try everything we wanted,” Keegan says. “We can look back at the album with no regrets now because we know we had the opportunity to explore the songs in the studio.”

Origami marks a massive growth for Vinyl Theatre. The guys originally started writing songs together nine years ago via Skype, but didn’t officially form as a band until three years back when they unveiled their Chromatic EP in the summer of 2014. Since the release of Electrogram a few months later, the band has toured with Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools, The Mowgli’s and Dashboard Confessional among others, and headlined Summerfest in their hometown of Milwaukee. Being on the road so much has pushed the musicians to become even better, which is reflected in the new songs. They’re driven by a sense of pride in their work, always aiming to do more and to create music that is hopeful and encouraging to those who listen. For them, Origami is about embracing who you are and using that knowledge to become stronger.

“Even when something feels paper thin you can make anything out of it,” Keegan says. “You can make anything out of yourself, too, when you realize what you’re made of.”

Colin  Rigsby,  who  has  been  playing  drums  since  the  age  of  12,  took  a  stab  at  civilian   life  following  more  than  a  decade  of  writing,  recording,  and  touring  the  world  with   his  band  House  of  Heroes,  but  it  didn’t  take  very  well.  What  started  out  as  a  remedy   for  restlessness,  however,  soon  developed  into  a  full-­‐blown  passion  and  the   beginnings  of  Rigsby’s  new  solo  project-­‐-­‐Vesperteen.        Within  a  few  months  of  going  solo  Rigsby  had  penned  a  new  batch  of  songs  that   would  become  Vesperteen  2015  self-­‐titled  debut.  After  a  successful  transition  into   the  live  realm,  Vesperteen  started  touring  and  has  yet  to  stop.  Traveling  to  perform   his  signature  brand  of  alt-­‐pop  reminiscent  of  bands  like  Bleachers  and  The  1975  for   his  passionate  and  dedicated  fanbase,  Vesperteen  has  sold  out  shows  across  the   map  in  North  America  and  Europe.  With  only  one  EP  and  a  few  singles  released,   Vesperteen  has  already  garnered  over  2  million  Spotify  streams  and  50,000   followers  among  social  media  platforms,  all  as  an  independent  artist.