The Vincent Black Shadow


The Vincent Black Shadow just want to be loved.  They have tried and tried to make friends through years of touring and gigging, but regardless of how many bands love them or just like them…there's just nowhere to put these guys (and gal).  This is the problem with being an original band.  No matter how good you are, if you don't sound like another band, you'll never have anyone to tour with.  After hopping on the Warped Tour, tVBS thought they might make some friends and get some gigs for the upcoming year.  Although the band was very well received, even getting to play the main stage, offers to tour never solidified.  Maybe it's because tVBS aren't park of the Ninja-ballet, eyeliner, hardcore screamo (but we're going more poppy because that's becoming popular) crowd?  Maybe it's because they aren't a band of twenty year old ambiguous boys, fronted by a hot piece o' jailbait hooker?  Or maybe it's just that the other bands are jealous that the Vincent Black Shadow is doing what they want on their own terms and not trying to sound like everyone else, standing out at every show they play regardless of whom they are performing with.

For some bands, all this might be a deterrent.  But the Vincent knows that this is what makes them such a great band, the ability to stand out, but not alienate themselves.  They take pride in the fact that in twenty years they will have a greater feeling of accomplishment than the bands that gave all of that up because their girlfriends at the time told them that they love Panic at the Disco and they should sound more like that.  Having a band that doesn't want to ride the popularity train while whining that they are original is a big gamble.  While the Saosins, Funeral for a Friends, and Escape the Fates are sporting tight jeans and makeup, The Vincent Black Shadow are comfortably dressed, doing their thing.  Having a unique sound may not be benefiting tVBS as of yet, but they will definitely stand the test of time as not blending into the "scene". 

So basically, it’s safe to say that this band doesn't care for, nor want to be another face in the crowd. But the Vincent Black Shadow do want you notice them. It's not that hard of a task when you have a gorgeous front-woman, with an uber talented band full of friends and family (Rob, Chris, and Anthony are brothers) that all love what they are doing and have no qualms about taking the long journey to stardom as long as its on their own terms.

Mark Johnston, a native Californian, has travelled the world with various circuses, sideshows, and arena rock tours. As a musical monkey he has delighted fans the world over. Upon his return, he has since founded the Atomsmashers Publishing Company, written 2 books in the company's Warm Horchata series, created a weekly comic strip based around LA's more "colorful" characters, written reviews, articles, and rantings under various pseudonyms; this has since culminated in Johnston being named Captain Fabulous by the Superhero Association of America.