VISION booked for December residency at The Echo

“Fast paced rock ‘n’ roll” act VISION has been booked for the December residency at The Echo.


So Free Bike Valet and photographer Sheva Kafai caught up with the band in Echo Park to shoot some 120mm pics and ask frontman Christopher Valer some questions.


What made you decide to do a residency?

“We always wanted to do a residency ever since this band started and what better place than LA’s number one venue The Echo. Aside from always wanting to do a residency at The Echo, we are promoting our new album, Inertia, out through Burger Records who we couldn’t be more proud to rep. Shout to Sean and my baby boy Lee!”


Why did you choose The Echo?

“We fucking love The Echo. We respect this venue that has showcased so much talent from The Horrors to The Rolling Stones. It’s an honor to play in a venue with so much history and prestige. We’re LA boys. We grew up in LA and we know how important this venue is to LA.”


Who are your opening bands?

“Our good friend Rudy de Anda and Part Time shared the stage with us on our opening night. At first we wanted to book the most locally popular [bands] in LA but then we started thinking: ‘Fuck that!’ We just want to play with bands we love and respect because we believe their music is good. [We’re] keeping it about the music and not the hype. That’s what indie is really about.”


What other Los Angeles-based bands do you respect?

“We really like Wild Wing and Rudy de Anda. It’s a long list but these are two that we want to show some love to. At the end of the day we’re not haters. We just love music and people that are real.”


Do you have a pre-show ritual?

“No. We never have anything planned. We’re all about vibes and we just go with the flow.”


What can we expect from your set?

“You could expect not to expect the same set. Every night will be different. We’re gonna play songs from our new album, Inertia, and also songs that we haven’t played before or haven’t played in a while.”


Will you be playing any covers?

“Actually, we are considering playing a cover for one night but we’ll see how things flow. We’re thinking Christian Death‘s “Romeo’s Distress.” But who knows? We might just do Nirvana.”


What do you hope to gain by doing a residency at The Echo?

“First to finally cross out playing a residency at The Echo from my bucket list. We just want to establish that we can keep up with the best in LA because we feel we are one of the best. We believe this album is that good and deserves to be promoted in the best venue in LA.”

What are you looking forward to the most?

“We are looking forward to doing what we love in a place that we love and that’s playing music.”

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