The seeds of The Vespertines were sown when bassist Kyle Cavaness met drummer Chris Walker in a short-lived blues-rock group. Not content to be chained to one genre, the rhythm section worked its way through several different bands throughout Southern California while honing a strong, groove-oriented sound that would become the foundation of The Vespertines. The addition of Alex “Thrillhouse” Kater began to fill that sound out, since Kater shared a love for jazz, funk, rock and reggae. The three began to jam and create new music in Walker’s garage, but the final piece of the puzzle wouldn’t arrive until vocalist and Feed the Feeble trumpeter Vanessa Acosta joined up for what was planned as a guest spot at a hometown show in Long Beach in May 2009. Vanessa decided to remain with the band shortly after, and The Vespertines have been writing and performing throughout Southern California ever since. The band’s urgent and unique sound blends a diversity of musical tastes into one seamless powerhouse that will continue to work and grow.


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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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