From one Vanna fan to the next: A Farewell
By Brittany Muldoon
I recently heard that you, one of my absolute favorite bands and a key player in the hardcore music scene for over 10 years now, are calling it quits. I didn’t want to believe it, but you announced your All Good Things Must Come To An End tour via your Instagram a little over a week ago and I, for one, am heartbroken.
Unlike many other diehard fans, I, unfortunately, can’t say I was with you from the beginning of your 13 year music career. When you started, I was only 10 years old and, in my parents’ opinions, much too young to be listening to anything they hadn’t approved of first. Although I wish it had been much sooner, I actually hopped on the bandwagon last year after seeing a show of yours in Prague. I luckily stumbled upon an opportunity to help film an interview before the show with Davey Muise and his passion and his story blew me away. He told stories about his time on tour with the band, talked about his family, and spoke about his work outside of music with Shovel – a clothing brand he started to help homeless teens. Davey, I hope you do more with Shovel if that’s where your heart lies. I was so excited to learn about it that I told anyone who would listen about both Vanna and Shovel brand, and now I know several people who own Shovel shirts.
Although I wasn’t familiar with your music before the show, I was intrigued and inspired by what Davey had shared during that short conversation, and I quickly made my way to the front of the crowd. It was easily one of the best shows I had ever experienced. The energy poured out of each of you onstage and into every single person in the crowd. The connection you had with the audience was unlike anything I had seen before. The music was so real, so relatable, so authentic, so raw, so….positive. You truly strive to help people through your music, to pick us up when we’re down, and give us the hope and energy we need to make positive change in our lives, and all of this was clear from your performance.
After the show, I bought a shirt and your newest album, All Hell, and listened to it every single day on my way to work for at least 3 months. It was a pretty rough time for me – I had just moved to a foreign country, I missed my family and friends back home, I wasn’t happy with my job, and all of this resulted in a downward spiral that affected not only me but also everyone who interacted with me. Then, I discovered Vanna. All Hell helped me get through that time in my life in a constructive way, as I’m sure the album and all your albums before this one have done for other fans. My favorite song on All Hell hands-down is “Lead Balloon.” There’s one lyric that stands out to me: “the road is hard but you’re harder.” I don’t think I’ve ever resonated so much with a song before. While living abroad was my dream, the whole process of actually planning and moving and getting a visa and trying to make a living in a foreign country, especially one where you don’t speak the language, is a hard road to walk. I was ready to give up and was THIS CLOSE to booking a one-way flight home – but with just one simple phrase, you convinced me that I could do it. I stuck it out and now I can confidently say that I am the happiest that I’ve ever been. Thank you for that.
In your farewell Instagram post, you said “it’s time for us to go chase those other dreams that may have waited on a shelf.” As much as I’m going to miss you, I get it. You’ve put your hearts and souls into this music for all of us for over 10 years and you have other goals and aspirations you want to achieve now. The evolution and career of Vanna over the last 13 years has been an incredible one and you have earned enormous amounts of respect from fans and musicians alike. I hope you know the impact you’ve made and that you achieve everything that might have gone under the radar during your time with the band.
I don’t mean to be selfish, but I also hope that one day you might come back. While this tour is entitled All Good Things Must Come To An End, the end of your post also says “all good things can begin again.” That sounds a lot like a “stay tuned” message to me. Maybe (hopefully) you’ll be back, maybe you won’t. Either way, I, along with thousands of fans from around the world, will continue to be grateful for your contribution to the music scene and for the memories you’ve made with us over the years. You won’t be forgotten. As you said yourselves, “Viva Vanna.”
All the best,