Tragedy, Honor and Victory In Numbers

Victory In Numbers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has dedicated the entire direction of their band to Vincent Green, their original singer who tragically died in a car accident in 2004.  From the depths of pain and anguish comes the greatest of inspirations, and the former Blue Collar would change their name to Victory In Numbers – a tribute to Green whose initials V.I.N. are the same as the band’s revised moniker.  Victory In Number’s debut album for Bullet Tooth Records is called Killing, Mourning, Love – an impassioned collection of melodic rock that should gain the collective a good deal of recognition and respect.  Here is an interview we conducted with one of the V.I.N. membership to find out more about this inspiring band…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Victory In Numbers, and how long the band has been together.
Hey! I am Bruce Wiegner and I play guitar for V.I.N. Nick, Brian & Joe have been playing together for a long time but under a different name. The band was called Blue Collar and they had a different singer (Vinny). Sadly, Vinny was killed in a car accident. Nick took over the lead vocals and that is when they started looking for another member. I joined the band in 2009 and we decided to change the name to Victory In Numbers, which is an acronym for VIN. We do everything in Vinny’s name.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there – and how does Victory In Numbers fit into the scheme of things?

We are based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The local music scene is awesome in Philly. There is a scene in Philadelphia and tons of other music scenes in the surrounding suburbs. I used to book shows in the local music scene and we all continue to support & help out other Philly bands as much as possible.

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Killing, Mourning, Love?
All the lyrics revolve around stories of Killing, Mourning the death of someone, and Love.

Where did you get the ideas for the lyrics on your single The King Is Dead?
The song is actually about how people blame the government for there problems. Everyone is quick to point the finger at someone else and do not want to take the blame.

Where did you get the ideas for some of the other lyrics on the new album? Please cite two other songs and what the lyrics are about.
Midnight In London” is actually about Jack the Ripper
Code Red” is all about Vinny

How did you wind up signing to Bullet Tooth Records?
We signed with Trustkill Records in 2009. Our manager was talking with Josh and he decided to give us a shot. Once Josh made Bullet Tooth we signed over and things have been going great ever since. We couldn’t be happier with the label that we are on.

What did Matt Carter of Emery contribute to the overall recording process?
Matt helped the band pre-produce & re-write a few songs on the record. He really helped to get us out of our comfort zone with guitar playing and song writing and shaped the songs up to exactly how we wanted them.

How does the passing of original member Vincent Green affect your music today and are there any existing recording with Vincent on it?
The passing of Vinny has a major effect on this band. Besides the fact that we are V.I.N., our songs, our shows, & everything have a lot more emotion to it. We are doing everything in his name and we want to make him proud. There are a lot of recordings with Vinny on it. There is an album Blue Collar recorded entitled “2004” and it is an amazing record.

What could one expect from a live Victory In Numbers show?
We are always going nuts on stage. Whether we play for 50 people or 500 people we put on the best show we are capable of.

Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
We have yet to play IN Los Angeles. In the spring we played at Camarillo (which I believe is near LA?). Either way it was a lot of fun and we can’t wait to get back to California.

What was it like opening for Fall Out Boy and did you get to hang out with them at all?
I was not in the band at this point (sad face). The other guys in the band said it was amazing and that they were shocked that Fall Out Boy was as short as us haha (most bands tower over us).

Which member of Victory In Numbers is most likely to own a Britney Spears CD? What about Slayer?
Nick would be most likely to own a Britney album. After he made this purchase, we would make Nick buy a Slayer record to balance things out.

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your CD for the very first time?
The quality of each individual song along with the versatility of our style.

Any final words of wisdom?
The music industry is in the pooper. Go to shows. Buy records. Help bands out!

The members of Victory In Numbers are Nick Passio on vocals and bass, Brian Hannon on guitar and vocals, Bruce Wiegner on guitar and vocals, and Joe Altomari on drums and percussion.

(Interview by Kenneth Morton – Photo by Tim Harmon)

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