Vanna announces member changes
2012-02-03 by Colin Rinehart | 43 Comments

The popular Boston post-hardcore band has announced the departure of longtime guitarist/vocalist Evan Pharmakis and drummer Chris Campbell on amicable terms.

Statement from Evan Pharmakis (guitarist/vocals):

"I'm sad to say that as of now I will no longer be a part of Vanna. I've decided that due to my current situation and not being able to fully support myself after seven years of hard work, it's time to start taking responsibility for my life, and move on. This band has grown a lot over the years and with growth comes change. When we started Vanna it was because we loved playing music, and once it developed it was this balance of writing what we loved while still creating music that all our fans would enjoy. Mixing business into that equation is a difficult task, and with five completely different personalities it's a hard act to balance. I've been struggling for the last two years trying to make it work for me and my life, and as much as I love it, I have to let it go.

The lyrics I wrote and sang in Vanna were about real life situations I went through and will always mean a lot to me. I hope they continue to help anyone who listens to them, through their life problems and difficult times. I hold no grudges towards the band and hope they hold none against me, and I wish the guys the best of luck with their decision to move on. I also hope that the fans we have won't take this too hard. The most special part of being in this band, for me, was seeing how much it meant to so many people. I pushed through the loneliness, anxiety and difficulty I have of traveling just to be there for everyone our music meant something to.

I love you all, every person with a Vanna tattoo, every person that felt a connection to the music, every person I stayed up late chatting on Facebook with about different problems they were going through. I couldn't possibly explain how much you all have meant to me. If you still want to hear me play music, you can check out my band "wind in sails" and I promise I'll keep writing honest music that I put my all into. Thank you all again so much for everything. The last seven years have been an experience I will never forget. To all my friends around the world, thank you for all your help, love and friendship. It means more than you know. Thank you all again very much. You are the white light, don't forget that."


Statement from Chris Campbell (drummer):

After two full length records, an EP, countless US tours, 3 incredible European tours I will no longer be playing drums in Vanna. I absolutely love playing music, and will continue to play but, it's time for me to move forward with my life. Vanna fans are some of the most die-hard music fans I've ever had the privilege of being involved with. Everything has been for you guys. Thanks to everyone who came to a show, bought a cd, or just hung out. It was rad.


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waaagh
February 2nd 2012

55 Comments


never listening to this band again without evan

paxman
February 2nd 2012

4083 Comments


Vocalist seems like a really cool guy; drummer seems like an idiot.

patman1001
February 2nd 2012

1012 Comments


Yeah I was thinking about seeing them at warped tour but now I'm definitely not.

ABurton
February 2nd 2012

137 Comments


this is sad. vanna is awesome and these two were a huge part of that. i hope they continue to provide the northeast with another 7 years of hard hitting.

wachooo
February 2nd 2012

121 Comments


Never listened to these guys much. Didn't even know they still existed. Guys had some good words though.

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


oh look

vanna left vanna

bloc
February 2nd 2012

34499 Comments


Only like one song from this band, but it's because of the clean vocals so he shall be missed.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


DEAD LANGUAGE OF A DYING LADY?

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


DEAD LANGUAGE FOR A DYING LADY?*

Comatorium.
February 2nd 2012

4008 Comments


Trashmouth is fucking great. Couldn't care less about much else.

GeoffJesterPemberton
February 2nd 2012

209 Comments


Oh no, a hardcore band has lost its vocalist. Whatever will we do?

Acanthus
February 2nd 2012

9510 Comments


Sad news, really liked their debut and the new material showed promise too; a lot of memories associated with this band.

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


"Oh no, a hardcore band has lost its vocalist. Whatever will we do?"

lol

sublimefan1991
February 2nd 2012

740 Comments


looks they need to buy a vowel... and a frontman and a drummer.

iambandersnatch
February 2nd 2012

1451 Comments


"Oh no, a hardcore band has lost its vocalist. Whatever will we do?" [2]

I know right, it's not like they all sound the same or anything

DeathsThread
February 2nd 2012

210 Comments


Yeah I'm pretty sure I'm done with this band unless they pick some really impressive talent for the next record

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


jonny craig joins vanna

MalleusMaleficarum
February 2nd 2012

12222 Comments


thats why i was loling

patman1001
February 2nd 2012

1012 Comments


idk guys vanna is pretty hardcore

VanitySeason
February 2nd 2012

396 Comments


wait, if they're not considered hardcore what are they?

SiliconSunshine
February 3rd 2012

77 Comments


This is depressing news indeed. Glad I got to see them live when I did.

xfearbefore
February 3rd 2012

1196 Comments


Evan definitely didn't seem like his heart was still in it but he didn't want to disappoint the fans, this seemed like a looong time coming. The solo stuff he's working on is pretty good but its' definitely different from the metalcore stuff he's been playing for the last decade.



Digging: Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts

KSK1
February 3rd 2012

4051 Comments


"Vocalist seems like a really cool guy; drummer seems like an idiot."

HA, these guys are some of the biggest assholes on the planet, ESPECIALLY the vocalist. Liked these dudes when Chris was the vocalist though.

xfearbefore
February 3rd 2012

1196 Comments


Evan's actually a really nice and good dude if you actually know him.

Understanding In a Crash
February 3rd 2012

426 Comments


HA, these guys are some of the biggest assholes on the planet, ESPECIALLY the vocalist. Liked these dudes when Chris was the vocalist though.

Based on what? I met these guys at a local show and they were really cool dudes and casual...

And half of these posts are acting like the "vocalist" that left was the main screaming guy.

BonRurgundy
February 3rd 2012

342 Comments


Trashmouth is fucking great. Couldn't care less about much else. [1]

Evantyler7
February 3rd 2012

3 Comments


Hey ksk1, this is Evan..formerly of Vanna. Why do you think everyone, including myself, in vanna are assholes? I can't speak for everyone else. But I've always been nothing but kind and polite to everyone I've met while traveling and playing in vanna. I also knew from the get go that just because I play in a band, didn't make me better or any more special than anyone else and egos are something I make a point of keeping myself seperated from. Anyway, I don't appreciate your attempt at slandering me, especially when you clearly don't really know me. And yea I had differences with the guys, and I'd decided to part ways from the band, but even though we have those differences I wouldn't say they are assholes either.

tresm87
February 3rd 2012

461 Comments


Evan made this band imo.^ If that's really Evan, that's awesome.

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EyeForAnEye
February 3rd 2012

1677 Comments


I used to see this band all the time over the years. Then I had an 'altercation' of sorts in Manchester two or so years ago with their tour manager and their new vocalist when they ran the venue I was at.

chaseandcolour
February 3rd 2012

1 Comments


These guys have always been about their fans. I've seen them 4 times and Hung out with them and talked with them every time. They even came to my hometown in the middle of absolutely nowhere, Missouri and played for maybe 25 people and still came back to play for us on 2 other separate occasions. That's dedication to your fans. I'm gonna miss these guys and can't fathom anything they write comparing to what they've already done but I'll definitely continue to listen and wish the best to them all.

Evantyler7
February 3rd 2012

3 Comments


Yea, it's really me. Honestly eyeforaneye...I'm not surprised. I never got involved with that kind of stuff. ALOT of people are way too wrapped up with being "tough" or "cool" when in actuallity thy aren't either. Sorry if those guys changed how you felt about the band. When I started vanna it was
Something so different, and it just changed too much for me. I had to get out.

Brontosaurus
February 3rd 2012

292 Comments


this is rad

MalleusMaleficarum
February 3rd 2012

12222 Comments


Well , if this is actually Evan.. I'd just like to say that I fuckin' loved the band back in the days of The Search Party Never Came EP. After "A New Hope" dropped, my following of you guys kind of tapered off.

Acanthus
February 3rd 2012

9510 Comments


The Search Party Never Came = favorite release from the band period, love my copy.

theashesfromautumn01
February 3rd 2012

1031 Comments


These guys' earlier stuff was sweet. are they still good?

Nikkolae
February 3rd 2012

4391 Comments


I DONT WANNA SEE YOU FALL APAAAAAAAAART WHEN THEY COME TO GET YOU!

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Evantyler7
February 3rd 2012

3 Comments


thank you guys!!! I like the songs on search party, but the recording always bummed me out. Our producer for that record was an idiot and ruined the recording. I always tried to keep that same kind of style but nick wanted to go in a moshy, hardcore direction, so we constantly worked to mix our styles. I also never got to sing as much as I wanted. But thank you all so much for the support. It means alot

iamSeraph
February 3rd 2012

852 Comments


I saw them back in the curses-days, so...idk who where the members tbh. It seems sad for the loss anyway.

theashesfromautumn01
February 3rd 2012

1031 Comments


@Evantyler7 why are you on Sputnik if you're the Vanna guy?

EyeForAnEye
February 3rd 2012

1677 Comments


I think it's pretty cool that he's communicating with us. But yeah Ethan. I'm sure you're beyond familiar with Rocko's. Basically. Some kid who was friends with them hit my friend and their was a fight between those two kids. Me and my other friend went and tried to break it up, but they took it as us trying to pummel this kid. So I got choked by Davey, no harm done, it was actually quite funny and my other friend ended up getting into a fist fight with Ethan.

KSK1
February 4th 2012

4051 Comments


Evan, I shouldn't have generalized the statement so much. It's mostly just Davey I don't like. I shouldn't have blamed you by association. I have no issues with you.

JohnFire
February 7th 2012

166 Comments


I'd definately like to hear some of Evan's solo stuff, does anyone have a link?

xfearbefore
February 7th 2012

1196 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmV3AyWG2uw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Akt9-yPCLc




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