Take classic emcee skills and dope lyrics, add pop sensibility and rock energy. Stir. Sprinkle a dash of inspiration from a literary icon. What do you get? Vonnegutt.
Formed in early ’07, the band has quickly built a tremendous buzz, placing in the top ranks of several unsigned band lists, drawing an ever-growing fan base, and catching the eye of several record labels. In the summer of 2008, their popularity earned them a spot at the Vans Warped Tour in Atlanta.
Though the band’s success may seem to have come easily, Vonnegutt’s two founding members had been paying their dues for years before crossing paths. Frontman/emcee Kyle Lucas was earning a name for himself in the underground hip-hop and mixtape scene. Guitarist Neil Garrard was busy doing session work for some of the south’s biggest names in Rap/R&B(Dungeon Family, Pastor Troy, and Kelly Rowland).
Looking to create something that fit his expansive musical tastes, Lucas decided to form an alternative hip-hop band. Garrard soon responded to his flyer at a local music shop, and after meeting they recognized their shared vision and musical chemistry.
Within months, with the help of friend and producer Michael Woodruff, the duo had created their first record, a promising marriage of rock, hip-hop, funk, and electronica. The Vice Nine EP lit up the internet with thousands of plays on Myspace and a big response from college radio with their single “Bright Eyes”. Their style has been described as “refreshing” and “a unique blend of hip-hop & rock.” They went on to play many shows in and around the Atlanta area earning a sizable following.
After a few lineup changes, the band solidified its lineup with the addition of Taylor White on drums and Patrick Postlewait on bass. In November of ’08, after much speculation of what record label the band would call home, Vonnegutt officially signed with Big Boi, of the Grammy award winning duo Outkast, and his Purple Ribbon Records.
2009 was a growing year for Vonnegutt. They traveled up the east coast playing shows, they played Fox’s Good Day Atlanta and NBC’s MetroMix Morning show. On top of performing, the band also finished their debut album, Falling Up The Stairs.
With putting in over 2 years of writing and recording, Vonnegutt finished it’s debut album. Enlisting the help from producers Billy Hume (Rehab, Lil Jon, Heavy Mojo) and Simon Illa (D. Woods) the band feels this album is a true representation of what Vonnegutt is. Falling Up The Stairs has been greatly anticipated and is set for a 2010 summer release.
Vonnegutt 2010 EPK
Purple Ribbon Entertainment
Big Boi Featuring Vonnegutt
From Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Def Jam Records/IDJMG