Vektor is leaving their Tempe home for Philadelphia, but they're not about to bid us adieu with happy-go-lucky feelings... are they?
The self-described "progressive sci-fi thrash metal" band is known for painting brutal landscapes with their lyrics and dark, doom-and-gloom emotions with their music. As they put it, they "portray the future as a bleak, barren wasteland that has been destroyed by greed, power, corruption, hate, violence, ignorance, and control. "
So maybe it's ironic that their future looks rather, in drummer Blake Anderson's words, "bright."
"We have a lot of great memories of the Valley, of course -- and plenty not-so-great," Anderson says. "We wrote and recorded our first two albums here, which have now spread quite far, so we will always have a home link to Arizona in that way. We've played a countless amount of shows of varying sizes here, too. Of course, the main things we'll miss are friends and family and a three-week-or-so period of the yearly weather."
After they play their final Arizona show at Inner City Youth Center tonight, Vektor will pack up and head for Philly while also leaving behind their soon-to-be-closed record label, Heavy Artillery Records, for a life free of a record contract. At least for the time being. The band is in discussions with some "bigger labels," Anderson says, but a contract is far off on the horizon. Now, they're in the first stages of writing a concept album to follow-up their critically acclaimed records Outer Isolation and Black Future.
"Getting signed and recording, especially recording the, first album Black Future, was an Arizona memory that we'll undoubtedly be fond of for a long time," Anderson says.
Saying goodbye to Tempe as home doesn't mean Vektor is permanently gone. With an ever-broadening tour schedule, Anderson says that in the long run, it won't even matter if they live in Arizona or not. They'll still be able to catch up with family, friends and fans when they stop by.
"...We don't consider [the move] to be all that drastic of a change to the band's activities, so we didn't feel the urgent need to tell everyone right away," Anderson says of the band's low-profile exit. "From a fan's perspective, you can see us on tour either way."
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Catch the final at-home show tonight, starting at 9 p.m.