SF's Vandella is an indie-rock/soul outfit in the vein of Fleetwood Mac, Alabama Shakes, and Jenny Lewis. Fronted by the dynamic male + female duo of vocalist Tracey Holland and guitarist Chris Tye, the two distinct songwriters tie their complementary signatures together for a sound that feels both exciting yet effortlessly vibey - evocative of that hazy sheen of their native California.
A modern-day Buckingham Nicks, Holland and Tye began their journey as songwriting partners over a decade ago in music school and have spent the years since traveling and playing around California, finally planting roots in San Francisco in 2009 to form Vandella. Since then, they’ve cultivated and perfected what has become their own unique brand of bold, sexy, sweaty 70s-era rock ‘n roll. Garnering comparisons to Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin, Holland simmers with the tenacity of an evocative frontwoman and monster vocalist. Tye is the perfect foil of easy delivery, cool-headed counter vocals, and guitar work that plays off, and around, it all.
Vandella’s 2009 debut EP, V, saw the band move 2,000 copies independently, and in May 2012, with several West Coast tours completed, they released the full-length Fire in the Desert. For their 2014 follow-up, the band teamed up with SF producer Scott McDowell (The Head and The Heart, Feist, Geographer, Stone Foxes) at his Hyde Street Studio C and released a 12-inch, 4-song EP titled Shine You Up. Shine You Up captured the basement-party, Exile On Main Street-esque style that the band has come to be known for in live shows, and established Vandella as a fixture on SF’s indie-rock/soul scene. Vandella’s newest EP, Strange Calls, was released on April 28th, 2016, with the first single, A Feeling I’d Forgotten, premiered on the Huffington Post.