“One is a song about desperate youth. It’s a story about wanting to run away from a troubled life situation and start over. We wanted to create a huge sound for this song. We used a bunch of vintage synths, including the Korg MS20, Yamaha TQ5, and Juno 60 from the 80’s. The guitar line we kept from the original demo recording; it has a gritty magical quality that really draws you in. I think our favorite part has to be the drum fill into the chorus. One rocks a bit harder than our last few releases and has a grand cinematic quality to it. We can’t wait to play this song on tour in May.”
- Conor Cook, VHS Collection
VHS Collection is a 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.
VHS Collection’s songs have been streamed over 40 million times on Spotify and the band has seen festival performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Bunbury Festival, and Okeechobee Festival. VHS also sold out a headline shows on both coasts, including the Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and the Troubadour in the last year. The band has released two EP’s, 5 singles, and several remixes. They will release their first full length record this summer.
VHS Collection has put three tracks on the Spotify US and Global Viral Charts (Lean, Waiting on the Summer, and Sign) and the “Waiting on the Summer Dave Edwards Remix” was #1 on Hype Machine last year. Their songs have been featured on the following TV shows: Shameless, Love, Sunday Night Football, Dynasty, WWE Raw, My Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Additionally their songs have been featured in several independent films.
VHS Collection got their start in the winter of 2014 but the three members, Conor Cook, James Bohannon, and Nils Vanderlip have been playing music in one form or another together 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 an album.
Years later, with all three members back in NYC, VHS pulled together a collection of electronic leaning rock-influenced 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.
2016 saw the band’s first major festival performances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in addition to sold out club dates on both coasts in addition support dates with Bloc Party and Powers. The band spent much of 2017 writing and recording material for their new upcoming album. They also completed their first North American headline tour, including sold out shows at NYC’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and LA’s Troubadour.
VHS has remained independent since day one. They are able to reach a growing audience via Spotify and other social media outlets without a label, and have also built a live following by word of mouth.
VHS has created a writing process which is unique and serves them well. It starts primarily with each member individually writing and producing dozens of bits and pieces of songs on their laptops. The band spends months working on these initial song ideas virtually, sending each other files and collaborating via Dropbox. Every few months, the band heads to a cabin in upstate New York where they lock themselves in for 7 days at a time to complete the songs during intense writing sessions. During these sessions, the three members collaborate on every element of the song, with each member playing various instruments on the tracks. The band then weeds out the best of these tracks to bring into the studio. Usually the main idea for a song is written in a couple hours, but it tends to take months to complete the final track.
"low-end hooks that recall the grittiest elements of The Cure and soaring vocals that summon memories of '80s pop acts such as A-ha."
"beckoning, rubbery synths and a funky, disco flair that recalls Chromeo"
- Consequence of Sound
"surging chorus and a very danceable beat"
"If I were a music supervisor I’d just answer every brief by submitting a cassette tape of VHS Collection looping their latest single."
- Kick Kick Snare
"meshing elements of rock and electro"
- Entertainment Weekly
"turns those vibes up to 100 and beckons you to dance."
"groovy and grand, with a hypnotizing vocal and an immediately catchy synth sound."