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Vox Rea


Vox Rea supplies a soundtrack to the confusion (and euphoria) of coming of age in a postmodernworld.With a sound as impulsive and fluctuating as the life of the 20-somethings they are, theirspecial brand of noir pop blends strings arrangements and harmonies into the dreamy collectionof songs on their self-titled debut.
Vox Rea features Kate Kurdyak (lead vocals/piano/guitar/bass), her sister Lauren Kurdyak(vocals/piano), childhood best friend Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher (vocals/percussion) andBerklee-alum Mitchell Schaumberg (vocals/piano/guitar/bass). Kate and Lauren lean on theirclassical background, featuring violin and piano respectively. Kaitlyn is an accomplished vocalist and all three women grew up singing in choirs together.
The three women formed The Katherines and released their debut album, To Bring You MyHeart, on 604 Records. The album garnered over a million spins on Spotify with songs featuredon playlists including New Music Friday, Pop All Day, Hot Hits Canada, Indie Pop Chillout andthe Canada Viral 50 chart. Their songs can also be heard in TV shows like Orphan Black, Rebootand The Order. The band has been featured in media outlets like Vice, MTV, Vancouver Sun and the National Post and has performed on morning shows in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Accompanied by a top-notch backing band, the female trio has delivered enchantingperformances at venues across Canada, captivating audiences at festivals like Rifflandia, NXNE, Juno Fest, Canada Day Vancouver, and Denim on the Diamond.
Academics at heart, both sisters attended a small liberal arts school in the mountains during thistime, where Kate studied philosophy and Lauren studied ecology. At school they metmulti-instrumentalist and certified virtuoso Mitchell Schaumberg and started playing at schoolparties under the name BEEF.​ Like so many lighthearted music endeavours have gone, they realized the chemistry they had and began meeting up all over the world for late nightliquor-fueled writing sessions that would eventually form the Vox Rea repertoire.
The album was created in a nomadic state—written in apartments in Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin,Montreal and Boston and recorded in a studio nestled in the snowy forests of Quebec. The album was written in collaboration with fellow Canadian artists Luca Fogale, Begonia and Joël, andproduced by Connor Seidel and Tim Buron (Charlotte Cardin, Matt Holubowski), JUNO nominee Derek Hoffman (Arkells, RALPH, The Elwins) and multi-platinum producer Joel Stouffer (Dragonette, Kayla Diamond). Through a hybridization of digital and analogue, their music seamlessly infuses electronic elements into live-off-the-floor performances that feel real,raw and all-too-human.
Citing influences that range from Arcade Fire to Friedrich Nietzsche, the band draws inspiration from a mix of nostalgia for times past and life in a modern day world in turmoil. Fascinated bythe contradictions inherent in the human experience, the album is a celebration of free will andan ode to the paralyzing nature of choice. It is both the intoxicating night roaming and the guiltymorning after, a revelry in excess and an exercise in solemn self-reflection. The album chronicles the odyssey of a group of artists trying to come to terms with their generation’s place in the human story. Themes of addiction, self-doubt, lust, identity, independence and grief form the undercurrent of lyrics that are deeply introspective. Hell bent on creating a meaningful life amidst the siren songs of consumerism and efficiency, Vox Rea wonders what it really means to be free.
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