Vlad In Tears frontman Kris Vlad is many things. He is a singer and musician, a producer, a songwriter, and a human being. And, his being a complex and caring individual is a lot of what drives his music. After forming Vlad In Tears in 2007 in Cassino, Italy, he moved to Berlin, Germany in 2013. Along with his brothers, Dario and Alessio, Kris has continued to build Vlad In Tears throughout the years. Vlad In Tears is often described as dark goth or alternative, but with their new album Relapse, which will be available on Metalville Records on March 8, 2024, the band has taken on a more rock-based sound.
In this interview, Kris tells us about the change in sound, the absence of synth instruments (a first for the band), and the inspiring story of how fan letters and stories of struggle inspired this great new material.
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!