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Who are you and where are you from?
We are Vihara, we consist of:
Dan Howard – Vocals/Guitar
Dan Kenny Tait – Vocals/Bass
Andy Francis Johnson – Vocals/Drums

We all originally come from different places, such as London, Peterborough, and Amble, Northumberland, but now all live in either Amble still or Newcastle.

What is it you do?
We are a three piece Grunge/Punk Rock band and we create high energy, loud, and emotional songs, each one has a different, yet personal meaning. We don’t sugarcoat our material, it’s raw and real.

How long have you been doing it?
We have all been musicians for a large portion of our lives, but as Vihara, we formed in August 2020, but because of the pandemic we have only been performing together since early 2021.

What inspires you?
All of us have a wide range of musical influences such as Metal, with bands like: Machine Head, Slipknot, Metallica etc, to Grunge, with bands like: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains etc and Punk Rock, with bands like: NOFX, Misfits, Green Day and so on.

Tell us about your music.
We have sort of come up with our own style, it’s a perfect blend of all the genres we love, no one song is the same, there’s something for everyone, e.g. our two new singles are completely different from one another, one being fast paced Punk, and the other being a slower paced Grunge Rock song.

What have you got coming up in the future?
We are excited to announce our debut EP No Signal will be releasing on August 20th this year, as well as shows at The Three Tuns (July 27th) Trillians (August 22nd), The Three Tuns again (September 11th).

Where can people find out more about you?
You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Spotify.

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