Finding your voice is one thing, finding your voice in a group is another. Taylor Kraemer (she/they), eventual vocalist and keytarist of VIAL, returned with purpose from a Minneapolis house show in 2019. Inspired by the lack of a specific sound that night, she brought in two friends from after-school music lessons, guitarist KT Branscom (they/them) and bassist Kate Kanfield (they/them).

24 hours and a band Tinder account later, VIAL matched with drummer Katie Fischer (she/they) after being stunned by the pep band snare on her profile. This speedy start gave way to fierce momentum: releasing debut LP Grow Up to critical acclaim the same year, being crowned Best New Band by their hometown’s City Pages the next, and charming a growing audience on TikTok on the road to their sophomore album. And they did it by shouting together.

VIAL thrives on uneven odds. It’s what their indie-punk anthems shout for best: subverting the male gaze by ignoring it altogether, creating DIY-or-die communities that proclaim the future is queer, and dialing into a sound that nods lovingly to non-male fury past and present. Sophomore LP LOUDMOUTH has plenty of landmarks for embarrassing unremarkable losers. Head to “Planet Drool,” a world populated by dry sarcasm and sci-fi synths, where hell breaks loose on macho dudes. “Mr. Fuck You” is a kiss-off without the cushion, a slamming rocker with a relentless double-time outro. While venom is spat through most of the album’s runtime, VIAL finds time for “Thumb,” a fuzz-pop moment sporting a melody that snugly coils around a worried heart, and the trickles of new-wave giving “Something More” more brightness than bite.

Producer Henry Stoehr (Slow Pulp) approaches the band’s core tenacity with an open heart, unleashing energy informed by guts, not necessarily genre. After all, this is an album that begins with a track like “Ego Death,” a venomous punk track that dips in and out of carnivalesque pacing. With LOUDMOUTH, the quartet reclaims what it means to be ringmaster. And in VIAL’s three-ring circus, they have no room for clowns.

[James Cassar]

Upcoming Shows


Mar
4
th
First Avenue
Mar
4
th
First Avenue

First Avenue's
Best New Bands of 2021

with DURRY, EVV, HONEYBUTTER, KOKOU KAH, LANUE, PAPA MBYE, and VIAL

Past Shows


Dec
10
th
2021
First Avenue
Dec
10
th
2021
First Avenue

Bad Bad Hats

Winter Ball
with Nur-D and VIAL
Oct
30
th
2021
7th St Entry
Oct
30
th
2021
7th St Entry

VIAL and Early Eyes

with 26 BATS! and Alien Book Club
Sep
13
th
2021
7th St Entry
Sep
13
th
2021
7th St Entry

MAYA LUCIA

with VIAL and Brennan Wedl
Jul
31
st
2021
Fine Line
Jul
31
st
2021
Fine Line

Gully Boys

with VIAL, bugsy and Dad Bod
Mar
19
th
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
19
th
2020
7th St Entry
Cancelled

The Bombpops

with Tightwire, Billy Liar and VIAL
Jan
17
th
2020
7th St Entry

More Shows

Jun
1
st
Turf Club

Lo Moon

Mar
16
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Todd Snider

Mar
3
rd
Fine Line

All Them Witches

Aug
12
th
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Lord Huron