Post-hardcore Denver natives, Victory Heights, are making themselves known across the country, as a charismatic quintet made up of vocalist, Brant Falliaux, drummer and vocalist, Karl Bagnall, guitarists Mike Anderson and Sam Bagnall, and bassist, Tyler Hutton. A band years in the making, the group seems to have solidified the perfect fit within the last year, strengthening not only their music, but the community that the band and their fans have become. Karl and Brant let me in on that process, as well as their goals and the message they wish to send.
Rebecca: How and when did you guys first come together as a band?
Karl Bagnall: "I'd say 5 years ago, in about 2008, me and my little brother met some kids and we put together a really crappy band and played some really crappy shows. Over time, things kinda filtered out and we ended up very much switching the style of the band and the members. We've kind of just met all these guys over the past 5 years and it's kind of locked down as to what it is right now."
Brant Falliaux: "Probably just in the past year it's come to what it is now as Victory Heights as we know it. But I think it finally fits all the way through."
RD: What particularly do you hope to accomplish with your music, in terms of goals or messages you want to send?
BF: "We definitely want to maintain a positive message, an encouraging message for people. You know, there's always hope. There's always something good. As far as goals, tour the world. Put out platinum album, after album, after album. Stay connected to our fans, I think that's a big thing that a lot of bands lose that we want to maintain."
KB: "I want to make a career out of this and do this til I die in like, 20 years."
Victory Heights is excited for their highly anticipated plans in the upcoming months. In September, the band will be embarking on a new tour, hitting places both new and old in states from Louisiana and Texas to Washington and Montana and almost everything in between.
RD: Does Victory Heights have any tour plans that you can share?
BF: "Yes. We leave in September and we're gone for a couple months down through Louisiana, Texas, up the west coast, Seattle."
To be released in the months to come, the band has also been working on a new full-length, for which they have already released a well received single, For The Birds. The guys told me about their favorite song on the album, as well as when fans can look forward to hearing it.
RD: Which of your guys' songs do you think hold the most meaning to you?
Sam Bagnall: "I'd say Revolution"
Mike Anderson: "I'd say Revolution, too."
KB: "It's a song off the new record, that we haven't released, but it's called Revolution and that's definitely the one that rings true to most of us. Basically, it's about, again, being told you're not supposed to do something your whole life and being discouraged and just fighting for it."
RD: You mentioned that Revolution is off your new album and when can fans expect to hear that?
KB: "I'm going to guess Fall. It's pretty much done, there's very minor things left to do on it. Our producer's kinda got the opposite tour schedule as we do so it's kinda been hard but we're close."
The next several months look promising for the guys as they continue to expand the community and show everyone what sets them apart. Victory Heights fan, Maddy, spoke of her favorite thing about the band and what she thinks it is that seperates the band from others.
RD: What is your favorite thing about Victory Heights?
Maddy: "The energy they give off at shows. They just have this stage presence that gets the crowd going. They allow us to give them just as much energy as they're giving us, if not more. They're one of the few bands that can have a small amount of people as an audience, but that crowd can have just as much fun as a crowd for, say, Memphis May Fire, can. I feel like the crowds for Victory Heights act more like a family than other bands' crowds. We all help each other and enjoy the presence of one another due to the band."
Speaking of family, the Victory Heights guys also expressed to me their love and appreciation for their fans and spoke about the VH Family.
RD: Do you have anything that you like to say to your fans, whether it be old fans or new fans?
Tyler Hutton: "We love you!"
BF: "Thank you so much. We love you so much. Thank you for coming to our shows."
KB: "Thank you for the support, for continuing to support us. We work very hard at this and we appreciate that you appreciate it. We want to be the record you're listening to in 5 years, the one that defines your high school, and we thank you for letting us be that for you."
BF: "You guys inspire us, too. We wouldn't be anything without you guys and we do this for you so thank you so much."
SB: "We love you."
RD: Victory Heights, as a band, as a group of friends, as a community, and as the movement that you guys have become, what does Victory Heights mean to each of you?
TH: "Family is what it means. It means one tight-knit group that you can always rely on them, lean on them if you have to."
BF: "Beyond a band, these guys are my best friends. We live with each other months at a time and we go through the ups and downs and everything. I think that the bond that has grown through that has created something. If there is a stronger word than family, then whatever that is. Also, our fans. You guys are our family too. We have kids come up and tell us 'You guys saved my life' or 'I was considering suicide, but then I saw your show and I met you' and that kind of stuff to us, just oh my gosh. Just family and love is what it means to me."
KB: "Yea, all of that. To me it's basically being a part of something. Every single person that's in the crowd and every single band we play with gets to become a part of the Victory Heights Family. It feels good to be a part of something that is real."
SB: "I'd be repeating if I really said anything else. I agree with all of them. Love and Family. You guys are awesome. You're my boys."
MA: "I think the biggest thing I have to add to that is I just like to motivate people and let them know and let them see that reaching your dreams isn't impossible. If you stick with it, you'll get there and make it happen, you just have to try hard and never give up. That's what most people don't realize is you might give up but if you would have stuck with it, a week later you might have been where you want to be or you might have been on the right path. You just gotta stick with it. Pull through, even in the hard times, and cherish the good times. Do whatever it takes to make it happen."
KB: "Nothing is impossible, you just have to work at it."
For the guys and their fans, Victory Heights really is much more than a band; it's a family. Victory Heights has become a movement, out to take the world by storm with their music, sending positive vibes and having fun along the way. It is clear to fans of this group that they have what it takes to make their dreams a reality, as a fun and energetic band with an unrivaled live show and the perfect musical balance between pop-punk and metalcore. If you haven't been hit by this movement yet, expect to be.
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Photo Credit: Svetlana Joukova