Posted in metal | music | tour dates on June 19, 2012

by BBG

The VSS

"The VSS began in Boulder, Colorado in January 1995 and ended unceremoniously in July 1997. In that time the band relocated to San Francisco, toured the U.S. twice and Europe/UK once, released a series of 7-inch EPs and issued Nervous Circuits, its only full length album. It was recorded and mixed over the course of one week of sessions (usually lasting upwards of 16-hours per day) in October 1996 at the same Denver studio in which The VSS recorded its debut EP... To this day, The VSS is commonly known for two things, 1) its inventive use of horror-film keyboards, angular guitar, unusual rhythmic shifts and vocal effects in creating a dark, jarring sound that merged punk, goth, psychedelia and experimental rock, and 2) its "crazy" light show, an unprecedented notion for the underground basement show set."
The VSS have announced their intention to play a batch of reunion shows in celebration of the release of Nervous Circuits on vinyl and a forthcoming compilation LP that collects their previous 7" material. So far no word on dates, cities, etc, but we'll keep you informed.

Nervous Circuits was originally released on Honey Bear Records in 1997 and subsequently reissued via Hydra Head in 2008. Members of The VSS went on to join bands like Pleasure Forever, Red Sparowes, and Rabbits.

Check out some video of The VSS in action, along with a stream of some tracks from Nervous Circuits below.

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The VSS - I Cut My Teeth

The VSS "Death Scene" + "What Kind Of Ticks?" live, Chicago 1997

The VSS - Lunar Weight

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Comments (19)

ex members of pleasure forever are reuniting? this is getting a bit out of hand no?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 1:36 PM

why?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 1:51 PM

So, a band that was together for 2 years, that issued one album, is reuniting, and this is news becausssssssse ........ ?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:08 PM

This is great news. Nervous Circuits is a classic and The VSS deserve another lap.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:27 PM

this is pre-pleasure forever.
The VSS were/are/will be amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:32 PM

Pleasure Forever made two albums (three if you count a compilation) and more if you count 'Slaves' as Pleasure Forever too.

Cheers.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:40 PM

The VSS were SO GOOD.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:46 PM

Sonny really subpoenaed the past for this reunion.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:48 PM

I loved Pleasure Forever.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 2:52 PM

One of the absolute best bands of the 90s. No one compared to them at the time. Except for maybe Mens Recovery Project. Both were ex-hardcore folks doing something different and using electronics to stunning effect.

PS Pleasure Forever were fucking terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 3:00 PM

THE VSS are great!

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 3:18 PM

I'll allow it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 3:38 PM

everyone needs to listen to 3:00 pm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 3:42 PM

Die, 90s

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 5:23 PM

swish!

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 5:25 PM

3pm, those are the same things they said about Nirvana. And the world is so much better when Nirvana's music is not being played

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 5:28 PM

the vss and pleasure forever are both fine bands, just different styles. get over your bitter jaded millenial cynicism already.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2012 6:12 PM

Awesome. One of the best live bands I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 3:56 PM

wonderful stuff.

Posted by jordon | July 28, 2013 7:54 PM

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