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Van Gogh's Ear eclectic musical styles include straight-ahead guitar rock, power pop, punk, alternative country, and even a little Hawaiian. The main ingredient that ties together these diverse styles is simply having fun while making music.
Why this name?
We wanted to choose a name that was somewhat enigmatic, yet subtle. The question still remains---to which ear are we referring?
Do you play live?
Currently, Van Gogh's Ear's music making is limited to studio work and informal get-togethers. Its bandmembers are presently scattered across the country.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet has allowed independent artists to broaden their fan base outside their hometown. As an example, before establishing an internet presence, Van Gogh's Ear was known only to its members, close (hearing-impaired) friends, and immediate family. Thanks to the internet, nothing much has changed, BUT at least we now harbor hopes of making it big in such indie rock hotbeds as Senegal, Uzbekistan, Andorra, and Fiji.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
We are realists. No offers will come. And the answer is yes.
Van Gogh's Ear was birthed in 1985 when a bunch of college kids came together in a subterranean band room at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The college years was our "live" stage, playing frequently on campus and at surrounding schools. Afterwards, band members would re-unite to record new material, continuing to develop and evolve musically. Our debut CD, entitled "Ono", was released in 1999, and contains original songs, both old and new.
The Replacements, Young Fresh Fellows, Camper Van Beethoven, The Presidents of the United States of America, Jonathan Richman, Freedy Johnston, The Sycamores, Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, NRBQ, Husker Du, The Minutemen, Don Ho.
The Twin Cities
Guitars (acoustic, electric, pedal steel), bass, drums, keyboard.....the usual.
Our musical styles are diverse so chances are good you'll find something appealing. Give us a listen!