Vision Video Photo By Alexa Jae Eyler @alexajaephoto 1

Vision Video

As an active paramedic, firefighter, and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Vision Video lead Dusty Gannon has seen more horror in real life than in the classic movies he draws inspiration from. When not saving lives on the front-line, Dusty dons torn fishnets, combat boots and makeup to play post-punk that recalls the genre’s heyday when the lines between goth and pop blurred to create some of the underground’s most beloved acts such as The Cure, The Smiths and Joy Division. But hidden within Vision Video’s catchy hooks and dancy beats is a nostalgic yet desperate message exploring the darker undertones of our existence. At its core, Inked In Red looks inward to understand the effects of war and the global pandemic. Dusty’s experiences in service have imparted an authentic gravitas to the music, revealing a cautionary tale of unhinged mental illness born of trauma. Sonically, this is reflected in every chord and melody through its enticingly gothic yet often upbeat nature. Vision Video’s debut imparts a duality of mania that, simply stated, is real malaise and existential dread that cannot be made facsimile.

live 1800s inspired immersive performance. 2012’s fast follow and highly anticipated release Megaphona would further solidify the band’s staying power with dance worthy “Too Young Too Wise”, brass section adorned “Worn Crush Corduroy”, and the band’s feel good sing along, “I Get Up”. 

Over the course of the next five records, Quiet Hounds remained a fairly mutable entity, adaptable enough to keep listeners off guard and on their toes while remaining firmly rooted in the clay soil of Southern indie rock, folk, and Americana.

With 2019’s Everything Else is Noise, however, Quiet Hounds found themselves seeking out lush new terrain to sow. The seven-song effort is the group’s most pop-centric effort to date, a sprawling, radiant work that explores an array of varying sonic landscapes. From the swirling mist of alluring synths (“River Delta”) flowing into sparkling indie pop (“Ladders”) and soothing AM gold (“Daring Greatly”), Everything Else is Noise is populated by sounds and structures that are consistently surprising and spellbinding. It’s a grand achievement—a sweeping, forward-looking triumph for a group of musicians that aren’t entirely satisfied unless they are evolving and treading new ground.