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Renaissance Theatre 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN
Via Audio was formed in 2003 at the infamous Berklee College of Music in Boston. After releasing a self-titled EP on the small independent Kill Normal Records in 2004, the band first garnered attention when Death Cab for Cutie’s guitarist Chris Walla dubbed them his “new favorite band,” in his column for Under the Radar Magazine. They soon after caught the attention of Spoon drummer Jim Eno, who would become their longtime producer, collaborator and comrade. With Eno’s help behind the board, Via Audio released their first full-length, "Say Something", in 2007 on California-based indie label Sidecho Records, as well as Kurofune Records in Japan. Pitchfork Media described "Say Something" as having “such a beautiful gloss over everything that it sticks, hurts, and feels delicious” and the album received accolades from Spin, Nylon, Under the Radar, Alternative Press, theTripwire, and Stereogum, among others. The band has since toured the U.S. and Japan alongside the likes of Spoon, White Rabbits, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ha Ha Tonka, Jukebox the Ghost, Elizabeth & the Catapult, and Modern Skirts, making appearances at the South By Southwest, Monolith, and CMJ festivals. After the departure of a key band member, Via Audio shut themselves up again in Eno’s Austin, Texas home studio in 2009, tackling their next songbook as Eno carefully and artfully crafted different sonic palettes for each unique song on "Animalore". The result is an album that "plays like a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page." (FILTER Magazine) Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, they were able to record their newest effort "NATURAL LANGUAGE", produced by their original drummer Dan Molad (Lucius) in his Brooklyn home studio Sounds Like A Fire. After 2 years of searching for the help of a label and the departure of yet another member, the new record will be self-released in early 2014, a decade after their first self-titled EP.