Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vol State Alumni Band Video Goes Viral

It’s surprising what you can do with a voice, a guitar and a really interesting room. Members of the band Wabash have attended Vol State and now they’re garnering national attention for singing in a grain bin. It’s more than just a gimmick. The acoustics of the metal bin, combined with the soaring vocal of Brandon McDuffee and soulful blues guitar of current student Quinn Bible, make this a must see clip on You Tube. Many other sites have picked it up as well. Bible and McDuffee play by themselves in this particular clip. The rest of the band includes brothers Alex and Luke McDuffee, and James Alan on drums. Alan actually did the video taping of the grain bin performance.

“It was the perfect song for that setting,” Alan said. “It’s amazing what an idea on a whim can do.”

The reaction has been exciting. The clip has more than 44,000 views on You Tube from people all over the world.

“We’ve been getting views from Australia, Malaysia, Japan and Ireland,” said Quinn. “It’s just us doing our thing. Hopefully people will keep enjoying the music.”

“It’s fun, it’s exciting,” said McDuffee. “I didn’t think that was going to happen.”

The band cut material last year in the Vol State recording studio and just finished a new EP in the studio. Vol State student Nikki Lawrence mixed their first release and Vol State Director of Entertainment Media Industry Programs engineered the latest material himself. The band has just decided to officially release the grain bin performance, as well.

Thanks to the Entertainment Media Production and International Education programs, Wabash traded video-taped recordings of songs with British bands for an international TV show called “The Beat.” It’s produced by students at Exeter College in England.

Next up, is a gig at the well-known rock club The End in Nashville on July 31 and hopefully, they say, touring after that. We don’t know if any grain bins are being considered as venues.

Take a moment to listen to the performance (or click on play above) and if you enjoy it, consider visiting the band’s Facebook page. Here's a link to the latest EP.

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