Milwaukee-by-way-of-Texas sisters Victoriah and Hannah Gabriela started playing music together riding in the back seat of their dad’s car singing along to songs like “The Spirit of Radio” or “Walking On The Moon”. They were only seven and five years old at the time, but something must have stuck. They picked up the guitar and bass at age eleven and haven’t looked back.
Vic and Gab took shape as a serious project in 2011 when the sisters recorded a song called “So Long So Tried” on a whim in their basement using Garageband. The song found its way to the music supervisors at MTV and wound up being used in the program Skins. Emboldened by their success they decided to make a go at being a proper band and set out in search of a drummer; eventually bringing in Esteban Vazquez to fill that role.
Vic and Gab (the band) focused on writing and in 2011 released their debut EP Bridges and Guns. The record was well received locally by both the mainstream press and blogs, with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel lauding its “catchy, jangly pop rock tunes” declaring that it “bodes incredible promise for the debut full-length” and the influential Fresh Sound Shake Down finding that “with irresistible vocals and an alternative flare, this duo is a superb group shedding light on Milwaukee’s blossoming music scene.”
Love of Mine, the band’s first full length album, is a cooperative effort by the sisters. While both sisters share vocal duty, the lead melody usually goes to whichever sister wrote the larger bulk of the song – though it can be hard to tell them apart. After releasing an EP focused on dark themes the sisters made a conscious decision to write a record about love. Love of Mine is not about requited or unrequited love – it’s about an existing love in its metamorphosis stage.
Written throughout 2012, the band settled into a cabin in Door County, Wisconsin to add the finishing touches. With the record written the trio traveled to San Diego, CA to meet up with friend and engineer Benjamin Leon to record. The first few weeks of January went by quickly and Love of Mine was ready to step out of the garage into the Californian sun. With Love of Mine Vic and Gab hope listeners are reminded that love is never evil, despite the sometimes gory details.