Comprised of a rotating collective of top-flight Los Angeles musicians, Vitamin String Quartet is widely known for its tributes to cutting-edge rock acts. Arranging and performing the songs of Metallica or Radiohead has not only earned the band its own loyal fan base, it's given them a truly distinctive musical niche.
"Vitamin String Quartet is about applying rock n' roll attitude to classical technique," says Tom Tally, a violist and arranger who has performed on and produced over thirty-five Vitamin String Quartet albums, which is one reason VSQ can count renowned film composer Danny Elfman, members of Tool, Deftones, The Killers, and Underoath as fans.
VSQ's innovative approach and dedication to seeking out great material highlights just how distinctive the string quartet is. Last year Disney invited VSQ to contribute a track to the second all-star tribute to Tim Burton"s The Nightmare Before Christmas, on which the films original score was reinterpreted by bands like Tiger Army, All-American Rejects, Plain White Ts, and DeVotchKa. Their music has been heard in film and on television, most notably on the finale of So You Think You Can Dance, the label receives emails from fans requesting the quartet to play their hometown, while bands like Mastodon and Coheed & Cambria have been known to play VSQ recordings at live shows. Several groups including As I Lay Dying and Dream Theater have initiated and participated in the creation of VSQ's tribute to their band.
After years of releasing albums exploring the musical terrain of one great artist, VSQ is branching out with a new collection of covers and original songs that highlight their own unique contributions to their musical field. This June will see the release of Per-Versions, an album featuring interpretations of songs by revered alternative artists including Cat Power, Sigur Ros, Tom Waits, No Age, and Animal Collective as well as several original songs.
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