The Vandal Band
The Vandal Band was formed in the spring of 2011 in Charleston, West Virginia. Travis Vandal, the lead singer and song writer, met with long-time friend, James Townsend to collaborate on material. James brought his talents on the bass to the duo and the two began working on Travis’ original songs. Very soon after, Marcus Gibbs, drummer and graphic designer, joined the group, thus forming The Vandal Band. The trio began playing locally in bars and outdoor settings while rehearsing material for their debut album. Blending several musical disciplines into a unique sound, The Vandal Band can be best described as Hillbilly Rock. Within their set, listeners can find everything from classic country music to hard rock, acoustic influences, and southern blues. With the help of friend Jay Hill, 2008 West Virginia Song Writer of the Year, The Vandal Band began to grow in popularity and was rewarded with respectable musical opportunities. The trio was invited to compete in the Moonstruk Battle of the Bands in Weston in late spring of 2011. At that time, they entered the studio to record their debut album, “As the Day is Long,” with producer, Ryan Weaver. After a couple months of work, the record was finished and was released in fall of 2011. The lead single, “Honky Tonk Fairytale” has garnered some early radio interest and “Hank’s Song” is a fan favorite. While in the recording process, the trio added long time friend and collaborator, Brandon Hughes, to the mix. His dynamic abilities on the lead guitar has given the band that complete sound on stage. Having played a variety of venues early in the band’s career such as festivals, Boone County honky tonks, local pubs, and the Appalachian Power Park, the band has matured fast and honed their unique sound into sound to a crowd pleasing performance. The Vandal Band has had a busy summer in 2013, having several shows in the works including Charleston hotspots The Boulevard Tavern and Sam’s Uptown Café, as well as headlining the Lewis County Fair. The band’s sophomore album “In This Hour” is slated for release in the fall of 2013.
Travis Vandal – Lead Singer, Acoustic Guitar
James Townsend – Bass Guitar
Marcus Gibbs – Drums
Brandon Hughes – Lead Guitar