“Wide Awake” is the first single off VHS Collection’s first full-length record, which will arrive in Summer of 2017. The band recorded “Wide Awake” in London in January during a two-week session with producer Chris Zane (Passion Pit, St. Lucia, Friendly Fires).
VHS describes the track as “Dark Disco Rock” and says that the track signals a refined direction for the band in its energy, lyrical themes, and sound choices. Many of the signature themes and sounds from previous releases show up here including: New York City, desperate love, arpeggiated synths and funky bass lines. But this track goes deeper with a massive guitar hook, pumped up energy, and even darker lyrical themes than before.
“Wide Awake” is a party anthem, laced with dark undertones.”
2016 saw VHS Collection put two independently released singles on the Spotify Viral Charts (“Lean” #8; “Waiting on the Summer” #14). The band also performed at major festivals last year including slots at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold out shows on both coasts. VHS released its 2nd EP StereoHype last September which has been streamed over 5 million times to date. VHS has achieved all this while being remaining completely independent, with no record label or management.
VHS Collection is a synth rock band from New York City that has gained a reputation for high energy live performances and a unique blend of rock, electronic, and disco influences.
The band was formed in 2014 but the three members, James Bohannon, Conor Cook, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another since they were kids. Conor and James grew up across the street from each other in NYC and attended the same grade school where they began jamming on acoustic guitars; Nils and James met in high school, where they started their first band together and recorded their first album.
Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electro-rock bedroom recordings and posted them on Soundcloud. Encouraged by the volume of hits the tracks received, VHS began performing a live set at friends’ parties and around NYC’s small clubs. 2015 saw multiple sold out nights for VHS at the Lower East Side’s indie-rock launching pad, the Mercury Lounge.
The band looks ahead to festival dates, a full length album, and a full tour in 2017.