Vices I Admire is an alternative/indie rock band dedicated to writing honest and passionate music.
Vices I Admire is an alternative/indie rock band dedicated to writing honest and passionate music. Dave Curtis, Mickey Dollar and Mark Towne met in 2002 while studying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. During that time they balanced college-life with rehearsals, performances, a few DIY regional tours and the release of their first album, Plan B. (recorded at The Blasting Room, 2005).
In 2007 Vices I Admire relocated to Denver and parted ways with original bassist, Robert Marston. The band continued to write new material and develop as musicians while they searched for Rob’s replacement.
8 months and 21 candidates later, Vices I Admire welcomed Daniel Battenhouse onto the team. The addition of Battenhouse revitalized the group and together they worked around the clock to produce the material that would engender their new album, The Politics of Apathy.
The Politics of Apathy was recorded at Colorado Sound Studios in May/June of 2009. JP Manza (engineer) and Ian Pinder (producer) provided the direction and perspective necessary to capture the varied moods and styles of each song. From the dance-pop inspired, “Sweetest Girl”, to the anthemic head-banger, “Kiss Kiss”, The Politics of Apathy showcases the musical maturation and diverse talent of Vices I Admire.
David Curtis – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Mickey Dollar – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dan Battenhouse – Bass, Backing Vocals
Mark Towne – Drums & Percussion
* The name Vices I Admire was inspired by the following quote:
“He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”
Sir Winston Churchill (November 30th, 1874 – January 24th, 1965)
* The band was founded at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in September of 2002 under the name “Plan B.”. The band opted to change their name to avoid legal issues. Their first EP is titled Plan B. in honor of their former name.
* The band now resides in Denver, Colorado. They have lived together under one roof for 5 years.
* All 4 members have bachelor’s degrees: Towne studied Psychology, Curtis studied English, Dollar studied Music, and Battenhouse studied Business Administration.
* Battenhouse has the distinction of being the Fray’s first bassist and appeared on their Movement and Reason EPs
* Vices I Admire has performed at the Denver date of the Warped Tour 3 years in a row.
* Vices has shared the stage with Tickle Me Pink, Johnny Hickman (of Cracker), A Static Lullaby, and Hed P.E.
* The band is entirely DIY: booking, management, design and publicity are all in-house.
* The band has performed in numerous Colorado venues with countless numbers of Colorado acts.
* The song “Monster” is featured on the soundtrack to Vitreous Floaters
* Vices won the five thousand dollar grand prize for the song “Poor Boy” in an online competition run by ourstage.com.
* Vices' Cd Release brough 417 people through the door of the Bluebird Theater (maximum capacity 550) on New Year's Day 2010.
* Vices I Admire have made it into the top 10 for the last 3 years in channel 93.3's annual Hometown for the Holidays Contest.
* Vices I Admire's The Politics of Apathy received the 3rd top spins in the locals rack at KSCU for the month of December (2010).
CD Title: The Politics of Apathy
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Recorded at Colorado Sound Studios in Denver, Colorado
Engineer: JP Manza (Franz Ferdinand, Matisyaho, Yo Flaco)
Mastered by Phillip Klum (NIN, Alanis Morrisette, Jay-Z)
All songs written & performed by Vices I Admire
Produced by Ian Pinder & Vices I Admire
Total running length is 36:11
Thus far the Politics of Apathy has recieved airplay on Clear Channel's 93.3FM (KTCL) and 105.9FM (Alice), Fort Collins' KRFC and KCSU and Boulder's Radio 1190.
|CD Title: Plan B.
Release Date: 2005-12-06
Recorded at Blasting Room Studios in Fort Collins, Colorado
Engineer: Andrew Berlin
Mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore (Rise Against, NOFX, Less than Jake)
All songs written, performed and produced by Vices I Admire
Total running length is 25:11
Plan B. received airplay on Clear Channel's 93.3FM (KTCL) and 106.7FM (KBPI), Colorado State University's KSCU and Fort Collins' KRFC.