VIC originated in 2015 when drummer Simon Schurtenberger and guitarist/vocalist Pascal Zeder shelved their pop music projects in favor of a more genuine expression. Bassist Philipp Bracher and guitarist Claudio Scodeller joined their ranks soon after, and the band cut their first studio-length album before performing throughout Switzerland. In early 2017, a guitarist from the U.S. named Leopold Oakes replaced Bracher as bassist. Owing to his previous experiences, Oakes’ frenetic downstrokes became a key component of their sound. Furthermore, a newfound synergy between bandmates helped them build momentum in the months to follow, eventually culminating in their definitive sophomore release.
Identity and isolation are recurring themes in VIC’s music. Their songs resonate not only with the disenfranchised youth of today, but anyone who has longed for meaning. From the distance in their concepts, you can sense a shapeless truth that is somehow more substantial for being so serenely veiled.