This week’s chosen band is a reader recommendation, Vitamin String Quartet. They’re a string quartet, ergo the name, out of Los Angeles, California. Most of the music they do are string tributes to genres and bands from the moderately popular (Tiger Army and Thirty Seconds to Mars) to classic rock (Rush and Iron Maiden) to top 40 music (Daft Punk and Skrillex). They also have a few original songs off their album Per_Versions.
What I mostly like about their music is it works as an EXCELLENT ear worm cure particularly for songs that are on the radio all the time even if you like them they still get stuck in your head. Sometimes I have trouble with ear worms because when I try to listen to the song it self to “reset the track”, I end up getting it even more stuck in my head because now I remember the entire song. Where as with string versions of these songs, I get the melody but because it’s missing the lyrics it gets unstuck.
And additional bonus to listening to this band publicly, as in out loud, is to the casual observer you sound like you have really classy music tastes before they recognize the tune.
This is a band that I’ve found it’s best to listen to mixes of rather than specific albums and that way it kind of becomes a guessing game as to whether you know the song before tabbing back over to see what it is.
Here’s a list of mixes I really enjoyed:
VSQ Remember’s the 80’s
If you have a band you’d like mentioned on here, leave a suggestion in the comments. I love getting new music recommendations.