November 9, 2016
by Fred Pessaro
If you had bands with the profile of Quicksand, Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools and more sliding in and out of activity, you could easily just coast, collect your checks and enjoy the fruits of your labor. But not Walter Schreifels. He'd rather be involved in not one, but TWO new bands. His latest undertaking is Vanishing Life, a project featuring Zach Blair (Rise Against), Jamie Miller (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Bad Religion) and Autry Fulbright (Midnight Masses, Trail of Dead).
Formed in 2013, Vanishing Life was born as a vehicle to explore influences like the Wipers and Mission of Burma, dipping into post-hardcore in the process. The band illuminates a new side to Schreifels, one that has him focusing on vocals only, delivering a performance that pushes his ideas into new realms. After a 7" with Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, Vanishing Life are back with a full-length for Dine Alone. Surveillance hits on November 11, and you can hear the new track "Outlier" for the first time below.
With the new LP due this week and a set of dates to support Vanishing Life on the boards, we talked to Schreifels about the project, his role as a vocalist only and his current listening habits. The results are below.
In all of your many projects, you’ve played some sort of instrument. Whether that was as guitar player or bass player or guitar and vocals, you’ve never just done vocals. Is this your first real foray into being a vocalist only?
In Moondog, which was the precursor to Quicksand, we didn’t play that many shows, but I was just the singer. And when Quicksand first started playing, we had two guitar players, so in that time I was just the singer, too. When Gorilla Biscuits toured South America, [Anthony Civarelli] broke his ankle. So, I had to sing for all of the Brazilian shows.