Vinyl Theatre Unfolds Contest Inspired by “Origami”

Wisconsin-based Indie rock band Vinyl Theatre has partnered with Creative Allies to create a new tour t-shirt inspired by their new album “Origami.”

 Formed in 2012 by singer/guitarist Keegan Calmes, keyboardist Chris Senner and drummer Nick Cesarz, Vinyl Theatre were signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2014 and released their first studio album, Electrogram. They supported the album by going on a national U.S. tour with label-mates Twenty One Pilots (who recently ran a tour poster with us; see the results here), garnering enough success to allow the band to make music their primary focus.

We had a chance to talk with Vinyl Theatre about their new album, how their life has changed since they first started as a band and of course, our design contest.

Creative Allies: Tell us about your new album “Origami”. How did you come up with the name?

Vinyl Theatre: Origami is about taking your faults in failures in life and growing from them. Learning to make something new out of trials and tribulations. When you get worn out in life and tired of the hardships it’s good to remember you can always rearrange yourself and reproach your goals/dreams. You can always try again.

Creative Allies:  Five years ago, you were uploading your music on SoundCloud.  Now you are touring with acts like twenty one pilots. How has life changed for you?

Vinyl Theatre: We’ve had some huge opportunities to tour with many great acts. We hadn’t really toured much before Fueled By Ramen picked us up, so we had to learn a lot in a short period of time. Over the past 3 years under FBR our lives have shifted from music being limited to weekends because of our full time jobs to being able to put music first on an every day basis. Origami is a look at what we are able to do now that we have the time and means to concentrate fully on our music. We decided we had a lot more to say in the lyrics of Origami and we learned over 3 years of touring that people want more depth in music.

Creative Allies:  Five years ago, you were uploading your music on SoundCloud.  Now you are touring with acts like twenty one pilots. How has life changed for you?

Vinyl Theatre: We’ve had some huge opportunities to tour with many great acts. We hadn’t really toured much before Fueled By Ramen picked us up, so we had to learn a lot in a short period of time. Over the past 3 years under Fueled by Ramen, our lives have shifted from music being limited to weekends because of our full time jobs to being able to put music first on an every day basis. Origami is a look at what we are able to do now that we have the time and means to concentrate fully on our music. We decided we had a lot more to say in the lyrics of Origami and we learned over 3 years of touring that people want more depth in music.

Creative Allies:  We’re excited you’ve decided to team up with Creative Allies designers for this tour band t-shirt contest. What advice would you give to our Ally Artists designing for your contest?

Vinyl Theatre: We’ve had some amazing art created for us over the years. A lot of times we’ve been floored by their interpretations of our songs/music. We know their submissions are going to be incredible. If there’s anything we can say to give them direction it’s just to keep being inspired by the songs, they know what to do from there.

Want to learn more about the band, submit art, or vote for your favorite designs? Go to the Vinyl Theatre design contest here .

Find “Origami” on iTunes here and be sure to check out the band on their “Connect the Dots” tour this fall, supporting MisterWives. Go to vinyltheatre.com for tickets and more info.

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