After a decade – long solo career, Hope Vista has recently launched her new band VISTA!
The band, described as Anthemic Alternative Rock, is made up of Hope Vista (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Wolf Reiter (Drums), and Brian Canfield (Guitarist). Their debut single, “On The Brink” will be released in February!
Check out our recent interview with Hope!
upfrontNY: How did you get your start in music?
Hope Vista: Through my dad! He was a really, really talented classical jazz guitarist and a music teacher. I was around music right from the start with him, so it’s just a very natural kind of lifestyle and love. It keeps me connected to him.
upfrontNY: After a decade long solo career as Hope Vista, what are you most looking forward to with your new band VISTA?
Hope Vista: Getting to experiment with new elements of sound and hearing all of the awesome ideas my band has. The guys are so talented, they have so many solid ideas and so many things that they’re going to inject into this band. I’m so stoked to expand on all of their creativity, because both Wolf and Brian have such cool things that they want to work on and bring forward.
upfrontNY: How would you describe the band’s sound?
Hope Vista: We’re classifying it as ‘anthemic alternative rock.’ It’s something we sat and talked about for a while, and we eventually decided that we wanted to try and create a new sound based on elements that inspired us. The energy of a live show, stomping, clapping, certain guitar and drum tones. Our debut single hopefully showcases those influences! We like the idea of every song being an anthem in some shape or form, something that makes everyone feel like they can’t stand still when they hear it.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about VISTA’s debut song, “On The Brink”?
Hope Vista: It’s the first song Wolf and I ever wrote together, and it kind of just came together seamlessly. Wolf had this killer riff idea, and we worked on the progressions together, which inspired him to come up with all the drum patterns and bass lines. I sat and wrote all the lyrics and melodies about the transition from solo artist to band, that’s what the whole premise of the song is based on! Brian came in and laid down some super cool male harmonies, and it totally just amped up that anthem-y vibe we were going for.
upfrontNY: Are there are any venues that you hope to play one day?
Hope Vista: I used to say MSG when I was a kid, but now at 22 I’ve kind of learned to scale things down a bit so I don’t end up disappointed. It’d be really cool to do the Gramercy. I sang a song with a band once there as a guest, but never my own set. So I’d love to do that, and I think the Electric Factory in Philly would be tight, too! Or The Roxy in LA on Sunset Blvd.
upfrontNY: What do you want others to know about you and your music?
Hope Vista: We’re all actually best friends, which is something we’re going to make sure we keep in tact. We just really want to work. It’s serious to us, but we always want to be upbeat and make listeners feel good when they hear our tracks. A ton of female fronted bands are absolutely killin’ it right now, and I hope we’re able to find a place to both fit in with all the bands that are doing some great things and stand out at the same time… if that makes sense. It made sense in my head.
upfrontNY: You are starting off a new year with you new band VISTA. What else are you looking forward to in 2016?
Hope Vista: Focusing on writing a good, quality EP that defines that sound we’re going for, getting on the road, introducing the band, and just having a good time. We want to really enjoy ourselves and be a positive force!
Learn more about Hope and her band VISTA!