I saw Viva Voce perform a couple of years ago at Lincoln’s own Knickerbockers (my review). Sure, most of the hip kids in Lincoln went to see the Pixies that night, but personally, I think the rest of us got the better deal. The husband/wife duo of Kevin and Anita Robinson delivered an absolutely scorching set that was highlighted by Anita’s amazing guitar skills.
Since then, the duo has gone on to much acclaim, which has led to tours and collaborations with the likes of Built To Spill, Death Cab For Cutie, Spoon, and The Shins.
For those of you wondering what the hubbub is all about, and missed them the first time around, two of the duo’s earlier albums — 2003’s Lovers, Lead The Way! and 2004’s The Heat Can Melt Your Brain (my personal fave) — are being reissued as a double-disc set, complete with live performances, demos, and other bonus goodies. Here’s the complete breakdown:
Lovers, Lead The Way! Tracklist
- Fashionably Lonely
- One In Every Crowd
- Red D‑Lish
- Wrecking Ball
- That’s Right,‘Watch Out!
- Birds On The Wing
- N Luv W/ U
- Brightest Part Of Everyone
- Yr Epic Heart
- Best Thing Ever (Maybe Not)
- The Tiger & How We Tamed It
- Perpetual No
- Someplace Worth Being
- Let’s Bend Light
The Heat Can Melt Your Brain Tracklist
- Alive With Pleasure
- Lesson No.1
- Business Casual
- The Lucky Ones
- High Highs
- The Center Of The Universe
- Free Nude Celebs
- Mixtape = Love
- They Never Really Wake Up
- Paper Doll (unreleased)
- Wrecking Ball (Tunng Remix)
- Lesson No.1 (original demo)
- Red D‑Lish (live)
- Fashionably Lonely (live)
- Wrecking Ball (live)
- Doo-Wap Death Trap (unreleased)
- Tonight You Belong To Me (live)
The reissues will be released October 9, 2007 on Viva Voce’s own record label, Amore!Phonics.
And if that all weren’t enough, Viva Voce will also be bringing their lovely noises to the masses by way of a short tour later this year. Here are the dates:
- 10/26 — Atlanta, GA — Center Stage
- 10/27 — Myrtle Beach, NC — House of Blues
- 10/28 — Raleigh, NC — Disco Rodeo
- 10/29 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
- 11/06 — New Brunswick, NJ — State Theater NJ
- 11/09 — New York, NY — Terminal 5
- 11/15 — Chicago, IL — Riviera Theater
- 11/16 — Champaign, IL — Assembly Hall @ Univ. of Illinois
- 11/17 — Omaha, NE — Kiewit Fitness Center
Suffice to say, November 17 will be a very special day.
If you have no idea what Viva Voce sound like, head on over to their MySpace page and find out what you’ve been missing all these years.