Vanishing Life is a new band formed last year by some well-known faces: Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits), Zach Blair (Rise Against), Jamie Miller (…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), and Autry Fulbright (Midnight Masses, …And you Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead).
Vanishing Life was first conceived in the spring of 2013 at Belgium’s GROEZROCK FESTIVAL, where all four members were scheduled to perform with their respective bands alongside—oddly enough—Collect Records label principals Geoff Rickly (Thursday/United Nations) and Norman Brannon (Texas is the Reason). Says Autry, “The idea was to do fun, stripped down, fist-pumping rock that was inspired by the sounds that we commonly appreciated—from Mission of Burma to the Wipers and Black Flag, among others.” Later that year, Autry and Walter met up again, and after seeing Zach absolutely destroy as guest guitarist with the Descendents on “Suburban Home” at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Festival, the pair got in touch with Jamie and solidified the line-up. A band was born.
While all four members of Vanishing Life bring with them a wealth of skills across various genres, their firm foundation in punk and hardcore resonates with sheer experience: “People Running” is English punk-strut meets New York hardcore stomp strengthened by Schreifels’ trademark melodic vocal, while the band’s namesake track emits the kind of frantic energy that thrives in a kinetic live space – driving, jolting, equal parts tension and release. The single is immediate and affecting, and it only seems fitting that Collect Records—a label that, Geoff Rickly says, was founded to “give great records a supportive home”—is releasing it, only a year and a half after one random day in Belgium.
“People Running / Vanishing Life” is their debut 7” which is out now on Collect Records and look for news of their debut full-length.