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Catch the Buzz: the Vanguard

Up-and-coming New York quartet flaunt ethereal alt-rock and Britpop influences on just-released debut, The Vanguard EP.

Who? Like the four-piece’s New York City stomping grounds, the Vanguard are a bubbling melting pot of sounds, influences, and ethnic backgrounds — yet exude an air distinctly their own. Formed by eastern European immigrants David Zawadzki (guitars) and Rasko Ristic (bass), and rounded out by Argentinean Luciano Rovner, the trio soon meet their frontman — a Virginian named Aaron Barr — and hit the Big Apple’s well-tread live circuit. And now, after a steady regiment of gigs, the quartet are culling buzz with both their live sets and The Vanguard EP, their recently released debut, which spouts ethereal guitars, haunting vocals, and spare yet complementary rhythms.

Their latest: The Vanguard EP, which was released June 28. Currently, the quartet are prepping material for a debut full-length.

Recommended if you like… U2, New Order, French Kicks

Now Hear This: The Vanguard, “Rio” (DOWNLOAD MP3)

Attention Bands! The Vanguard was selected for our Buzzcatcher section via the band’s electronic press kit, which was submitted to SPIN.com via Sonicbids, a website aiding up-and-coming bands. To be considered for a Buzzcatcher spotlight, sign up at sonicbids.com and submit your music today!