For the members of Vanity Crash, what started with a rock n' roll musical quickly developed into some very musical rock n' roll.
Vanity Crash's founding members planted the band's glittery seeds while portraying slammin' glam punks "The Angry Inch" in Cleveland Public Theater's production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. After two consecutive seasons together, they decided to form an equally energetic and accomplished band of their own. The result is a riff-driven ruckus that combines the pomp of Bowie and T Rex with punk-fueled aggression and a Radiohead-esque desire for experimentation.
Lead Vocalist Dan Folino played the lead role in Hedwig, and was voted "Best Male in a Musical" in 2002. With that rare combination of beautifully-soaring voice, slap-in-your-face live presentation and that indefinable appeal that just makes you want to pay attention to whatever he's doing, Dan is bringing the classic "rock star front man" aesthetic back to rock n' roll.
Dennis Yurich, guitarist/vocalist, served as Hedwig's Musical Director and guitarist. He has played guitar for Queue Up, System 56, Verdanzen and The Times. Dennis has composed original scores for numerous plays, including the musical version of Lysistrata.
Guitarist Brian Hager is a former guitarist/songwriter for the band Vinylbaby. He studied music at Boston's Berklee College of Music where he performed with several area bands. His first guitar was broken over his back by his older brother at age 11. Brian previously played Bass with Vanity Crash and has filled the void of departing guitarist Chris Viola.
Bassist Tim Ratley toured extensively with the band "The Earl Rays" during the 1990's. He was asked to join the band after a stint with Brian Hager and Folino in a tribute band to the music from Ziggy Stardust.
Drummer Jason Giaco is the wild man. His rambunctious style adds flair and excitement to the band.
Though Vanity Crash got its start through theatrical performance, the music they make is far from a work of fiction. Their sound comes straight from the soul and from the gut. And that's exactly where Vanity Crash's music hits the audience, too.