With their 2014 cassette, Bum Out!, The Vahnevants released one of the better albums in recent Des Moines history. Rolling loosely through elements of surf, punk, and rockabilly, each song on the tape runs comfortably at its own pace. The album itself melds the songs together with its appropriately lo-fi production and mountains of reverb and delay.
The Vahnevants have carved out their place among their Des Moines garage rock contemporaries by filtering the familiar through their devil-may-care delivery and refreshing lack of attention to detail. It’s textural and rooted in nearly 60 years of rock subgenres and culture. The result gives The Vahnevants’ music its signature timeless warble and warmth, and what a worthy warble it is.
By Bruce James Bales of DSM Shows
Featured photo by Cityview Magazine.
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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Guitar Center, Hy-Vee, The Blazing Saddle, Saturday Mfg., VolunteerLocal, Wooly’s, DSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.
Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.