Milwaukee four-piece Vinyl Theatre make '80s post-punk-inspired music that straddles the line between melodic rock, synth pop, and electronic dance music.
Formed in 2012 by lead singer/guitarist Keegan Calmes and keyboardist/backing vocalist Chris Senner, the group also includes bassist/backing vocalist Josh Pothier and drummer Nick Cesarz. Drawing favorable comparisons to such similarly inclined acts as the Killers
, Two Door Cinema Club
, and Death Cab for Cutie
, the group reached the top spot on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart in March of 2014. Also in 2014, they released their debut full-length album, Electrogram, on Fueled by Ramen
. It landed on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Pothier parted ways with the band before the release of their second LP, 2017's Origami, which featured guitars in a more prominent role. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi