VBA formed in New York City in late 2013 by lead singer and drummer Vince Nudo, guitarist Bentley Anderson, and bassist Ashley Math. VBA’s sound moves with pulsating rhythmic drones, and dissonant melodies. Influenced by themes of spectral city angst, Nudo’s lyrics call on ballads of lost love, redemption, and the holiness of friendships past & present. Reminiscent of the crooning tales of Suicide and early Bad Seeds, the three-piece echo the unhinged swagger of bands like Flipper, and the elemental nature of This Heat.
The band’s first North American tour was in support of Kurt Vile & The Violators, with whom Nudo was drumming at the time. A split cassette, Space Dad/Fuzz Kill, was also recorded by VBA and Vile comprised of wild jams and shape-shifting personas.
In late 2014, Blonde Redhead invited the band on tour as main support in US and Canada. VBA’s first EP, Will It Still Be There, was released on Blonde Redhead’s label, Asa Wa Kuru Records, on May 27th, 2016.