Via Audio was formed in 2002 at the infamous Berklee College of Music in Boston. After releasing a self-titled EP on the small independent Kill Normal Records in 2004, the band first garnered attention when Death Cab for Cutie’s guitarist Chris Walla dubbed them his “new favorite band,” in his column for Under the Radar Magazine.
They soon after caught the attention of Spoon drummer Jim Eno, who would become their longtime producer, collaborator and comrade. With Eno’s help behind the board, Via Audio released their first full-length, "Say Something", in 2007 on California-based indie label Sidecho Records, as well as Kurofune Records in Japan. Pitchfork Media described "Say Something" as having “such a beautiful gloss over everything that it sticks, hurts, and feels delicious” and the album received accolades from Spin, Nylon, Under the Radar, Alternative Press, theTripwire, and Stereogum, among others. The band has since toured the U.S. and Japan alongside the likes of Spoon, White Rabbits, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ha Ha Tonka, Jukebox the Ghost, Elizabeth & the Catapult, and Modern Skirts, making appearances at the South By Southwest, Monolith, and CMJ festivals.
After the departure of a key band member, Via Audio shut themselves up again in Eno’s Austin, Texas home studio in 2009, tackling their next songbook as Eno carefully and artfully crafted different sonic palettes for each unique song on "Animalore". The result is an album that "plays like a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page." (FILTER Magazine)
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, they were able to self-record their newest effort "NATURAL LANGUAGE", produced by their original drummer Dan Molad (Lucius) in his Brooklyn home studio Sounds Like A Fire. The new record was self-released on limited edition CD and 12" vinyl formats, as well as everywhere digitally, on March 25th, 2014, a decade after their first self-titled EP.
Press for Natural Language (March 25th, 2014)
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"Now, as a duo, they are drawing on the evolution of Via Audio, and themselves as artists, to develop a new sound. With their forthcoming album, Natural Language, which will be released in early 2014, they want to create a different experience for their audience. Accompanying their more focused and mature work, they are collaborating with other creatives to incorporate fresh sets, stage outfits, and videos for their live shows."
Press for Animalore (2010 Undertow Music)
“The result is an indie rock album that serves as a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page.”
“It’s just the sort of intelligent and inspired arrangement one would expect from music school nerds.”
Alternative Press (Print review – February 2010)
“A luxurious, attention-deficit-disorder party record. Thanks to cohesive production from Jim Eno (Spoon) Via Audio’s sweaty dance jams and raucous pop tunes juxtapose seamlessly.”
Press for Say Something (2007 Sidecho Records)
“Finally, a catchy pop record that’s serious: not gloomy, not mournful, and not pretentious. It’s serious and earnest, it’s occasionally sad, but there is such a beautiful gloss over everything that it sticks, hurts, and feels delicious”
“With all of the synthesizer kids and spazzy indie bands on the scene, it’s refreshing to delve into something a little deeper, in this case the cozy songwriting and distinctly grown-up sounds of Via Audio. Restrained and elegant.”
eMusic Review (4/5 Stars)
“The sort of experiment (cabaret club tunes for indie dudes? OK!) that only groups like Spoon aren’t afraid of undertaking these days. Small surprise, then, that Jim Eno is behind the decks here. Recommended.”