Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
VISTA are a relatively new name in the pop punk scene, but it hasn’t taken them long to become road tested veterans.
The band, which was formed by Hope Vista and Greg Almeida in 2015, has already embarked on a number of tours, and opened for Against The Current. You may also recall seeing my interview with them here just a few weeks ago.
Recently, I caught VISTA at Arlene’s Grocery in the LES. Here’s what I came away with after seeing them on stage …
1. They are pop punk at its finest
At their core, VISTA are a high energy, female fronted, Warped Tour ready band. Emotional lyrics, combined with a passion for rocking out, make them a pop punk lovers dream, as they can fit into a playlist with just about anyone from the genre.
VISTA are the kind of band where when you see them on a small stage you feel a little lucky, as you know they won’t be on small stages for much longer.
2. Lead singer Hope Vista is your BFF
Many bands have charismatic lead singers. It’s basically part of the job. That said, not every band has a lead singer that treats the crowd as a friend. Hope Vista does this, both on and off the stage.
On stage she creates a fan friendly vibe, and off stage it isn’t unusual to find her talking with fans, taking pictures with them, and genuinely caring about who they are, and their lives.
She also gets hyped about a hype crowd, so your energy level becomes her energy level. It’s quite the symbiotic relationship!
3. They have a real stage show
In the indie world, time, and space, constraints can handcuff a band that wants to create a unique stage set up for their shows.
VISTA, with just a few simple lights, create the effect of a size appropriate illuminated \/ /\ on stage. It may not sound like much as you read the description here, but that \/ /\ gives concert goers a big stage feel in a smaller venue, which is a very cool thing.
To find out when, and where, VISTA will be performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.