"The first band that I ever saw that really got my blood going was a band from Baltimore called Stars of the Dogon. They played the American Legion in Saint Albans. I was like 15 years old, and I couldn't drive. I remember seeing them come in with guitar amp after guitar amp and a drum kit, and it was just two guys on stage.
"We were like 'Where's the bassist?' And they just put on this show that I'll never forget. It changed me from then on. It was the most passionate, raw thing I'd ever seen."
He hopes that Farnsworth will inspire just as much passion in others as Stars of the Dogon did in him.
"We hope to play as much as we can, for whoever, whenever, wherever," Vance said. "We're hoping that when we play shows, people feel the same thing that Jason and I do when we listen to these records or see these great bands. We just hope it takes us where we want to go."
Vance said that as Farnsworth, he and Reese -- two dudes in their mid-20s with an affection for records older than they are -- embody something timeless about rock and roll
"I'll say this: first off, us being big vinyl fans, one of the first questions I get, and I imagine Jason gets a lot is, when you talk to people about records, some go 'They still make those?'
"One of the best things about playing out of state or going to Budget is, there are new vinyl records being pressed every single day by amazing and wonderful bands like The Demon Beat and The Suede Brothers," Vance continued.
"I don't know. I feel like people want to say that rock is dead, but it's out there, and the passion and the lust for pure rock and roll is out there. It never goes away."
Vance said that he and Reese hope to release a full-length record by this time next year. It's safe to assume it will probably be on vinyl.
EP release after party
With The Demon Beat and Tofujitsu
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
COST: $7 (show your copy of the EP for $2 off)
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com
Reach Nick Harrah at wvrocksc...@gmail.com.