by Jody Colley
The Vat is a teen band with diverse roots. They have been performing together for four years with Bandworks, since they were nine and ten years old, and are just getting ready to tear into the local music scene. After a few lineup changes, they've settled with a six-person group. Members are from Berkeley, Albany, Point Richmond, Walnut Creek, and Pacifica (guitarist Isabel DiManlig and instructor Deirdre Lynds make the long drive every weekend).
"We were just doing covers for a long time, and we didn't take it to the next level until somewhat recently," says guitarist Maria Siino. Maria says that she pushed for the band to write original material, and it's really working out great. The Vat has a wide variety of influences from Progressive, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Punk, Grunge, and Funk music.
The band members usually find some common ground in Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and others. "Our funk influence mainly comes from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jeff Beck," says Maria.
Now in their teens (13-15) and writing their own material, they're getting ready to record a demo. Check out their YouTube page for some live videos and visit their Myspace page for some live recordings and updates on shows.
Fianna - Vocals
Maria - Guitar
Isabel - Guitar and Vocals
Keenan - Keyboard, Guitar, and Sax
Max - Bas
Emma - Drums
See The Vat on the Chabot Space & Science Center's Kids' Party Zone Stage at the Express' Best of the East Bay Party on Friday, August 6, in Jack London Square.