The Vandon Arms
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In a damp, cold basement just off of Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, The Vandon Arms started off as a group of friends playing the music they loved for no one but themselves. There were no fans, no Myspace or Facebook pages, nothing for sale, and no disillusions of being rich and famous. The early get-togethers resembled drunkin sing-alongs more than any band rehearsal. The group and their friends would belt out old Irish choruses at the top of their lungs for hours.Read More...
In 2005 the band's genre was relatively new to most people. With bands like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, who were far from their current standing at that time, being the only real chance for people to hear a similar sound. As word spread of a new band in town with a unique sound the demand for The Vandon Arms began to grow quickly. Once the group started taking part in local shows their popularity increased at an incredible rate. The band wasn't just known for their unique sound and catchy melodies but a Vandon Arms show was a big party. Bands wanted to play with them. Venues wanted to book them. To this day the band's live performance is what they are best known for.
With their popularity on the raise, in 2006 the group recorded their first EP, Losers and Boozers. A few years later the group saw the release of their second EP, Health to the Company, as well as the introduction of a new drummer, Hutch. With Hutch in the mix The Vandon Arms have been able to up their live performance as well as improve the dynamics of the band. In 2010 the group had another busy year. They released two new albums, The Sent Off EP and Live and Worse Than Ever, as well as added two new members, Craig and Moosher. Craig was always a good friend of the band and when bass player Elliot left for Marine Corp duty in Japan he was a natural choice for the band. Moosher was brought in to help fill out the sound with acoustic guitar, banjo, etc.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Losers And Boozers - 3,244 plays
- Brothers In Arms - 1,856 plays
- Blaydon Races - 1,472 plays
- The Last Time We Meet - 1,183 plays
- The Boys Back Home (LIVE) - 906 plays
- The Company of a Military Man - 925 plays
- The Legend of Johnny Grey (LIVE) - 631 plays
- The Journey (LIVE) - 631 plays
- Boys Back Home - 544 plays
- Health to the Company - 690 plays