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In 2005, when Dave Vicini (lead singer, formerly of The Lot Six) moved into an apartment in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA, with Chris Warren (singer/guitarist, formerly of Officer May), the friends already had an idea that they should be in a band together. Their previous bands had shared bills and even covered each other's songs. Before long, six Chuck Taylor boxes full of 4-tracks were recorded in their apartment. Then they decided they should find a band and make a record.
Viva Viva's reputation has grown steadily over the years, from those apartment recording sessions to the music hall-shaking, band they are today. Dan Burke (bass, formerly of The Lot Six), Fumika Yamazaki-Burdett (keyboard) and Dominic Mariano (drums), complete the sound that is causing a stir in the Boston music scene.
The Boston Phoenix Music Editor, Michael Marotta wrote, "the legend of Viva Viva has grown exponentially on the shoulders of explosive live performances" in his Fall Arts Preview article. Their unbridled energy can be heard on their debut self-titled album, out on Fort Point Recordings. "Basically we're the second greatest band in the world," says Vicini. "Yeah, second to the Rolling Stones circa '72," adds Warren. "We’re not trying to re-invent the wheel, just keep it rolling," says Warren.
"Neo-psych vets Viva Viva... establish themselves as Boston's best live act... their long-awaited homonymous debut off Fort Point Recordings proves their hook-laden worth in the studio." -- Michael Marotta Boston Phoenix
"Recorded by Tulsa mastermind Carter Tanton in an Allston garage during a heat wave, 'Viva Viva' is something like the aural equivalent of an old-school Polaroid; a sonic snapshot of the band in all of its gritty, grainy glory. A little hazy and rough around the edges, perhaps, but spontaneous and artfully in the moment." -- Jonathan Perry Boston Globe
"Consider this official appreciation for what is one of the best under-praised albums of the year." -- Clay Adamczyk DigBoston
"With their unhinged stage presence and unapologetic attitude, Viva Viva is at the forefront of the dirty rock revival that's snapping Boston out of its electro-induced haze." -- Barry Thompson Time Out Boston
"Killer live show, amazing songwriting, uncanny musicianship. A great happy medium to the two aforementioned. These guys are the absolute best Boston has to offer." -- Benny Grotto, recording engineer at Mad Oak Studios on Your Band
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