Vaureen is the brainchild of two introverted with a thing for 90s rock and roll and books. Andrea Horne and Marianne Do met while both were working for a digital agency in New York back in 2011. It wasn’t long before they discovered their mutual love for the works of groups like Witch and The Breeders. They also had a common desire to find release from the desk jobs they felt tethered to. Both these elements would inform the songwriting of the grunge-gaze outfit they would form. “We’re not writing bubblegum pop,” Andrea asserts. “Our songs are often nasty things being driven out by necessity.” The desire to rebel against their reality gave birth to the band’s name, drawn from the French word “le vaurien”, a term that loosely translates into something deviant or “no-good”.
Fast forward to 2015 and Vaureen had acquired a new look; drummer Cale Hand was brought into the mix. That same September, the fledgling band from Brooklyn released its first studio recording, the ‘Dirty Floor‘ EP. Songs like ‘Slip’ captured the helpless defiance that Andrea described. The 5-song recording opened a door for the band to record at the Converse Rubber Tracks studios in NYC and this is where ‘Tough Guys’, which would become the lead single for their latest project, was created. From there they added ‘Evil’ and ‘Before the Rectangles Take Over’, recorded at Spaceman Sound to complete the ‘Violence’ EP.
The need to break away from the silent slavery Andrea and Marianne are all too familiar with seeps into the new record. You will hear it from the get-go in Tough Guys: “Limitation owns you/ Hold your breath till face turns blue/ Count your blessings: One, two…/ Flee before it gets to you.” The danger of living enslaved to a purposeless existence is further expounded upon in the succeeding track, Evil. And the truth they deliver so bluntly is rather chilling: “Falling sky/ Forget everything you’ve tried/ You’re a slave to your disguise/ Evil is regret, is regret, is regret.”
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