August Spotlight: Scarlet Sails


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Band Members:
Olya Viglione - vocals/piano
Brian Viglione - drums
Nick Emde - guitar
Joe Noval - bass


"Indie rock band with a soul and attitude. When all you see is darkness within you find the light that's what Scarlet Sails sound like."

There are so many love stories that made Scarlet Sails come to life.

Olya found a song in her heart at the age of 5 and knew music would define the rest of her life. She learned piano under strict tutelage at the Moscow Prokofiev School of Music No. 1, playing classic pieces Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Grieg, and Liszt. Original music was not tolerated, and as Olya began to write and rebel, the teachers saw ‘trouble’ coming. Her parents also saw it coming – intellectual professionals themselves, they did not see their daughter being in a rock band as a viable option. At 18 Olya took vocal lessons and fell deeply in love with the idea of music as a career. She left Moscow at the age of 21 with a freshly tattooed clef on her neck.

The summer of 2010 was an exciting one where Olya embarked on her temporary journey to America. The company she went over with were supposed to provide a job and a place to stay. She quickly discovered that the owner of the place she was to work expected a lot more than was promised him. Olya soon learned to navigate past the cities more unscrupulous and unsavory characters into safer waters.

Suddenly she had little more than a bit of money and her strong will to make it in America. She did more than survive the situation, she made a connection that would get her right back on her intended course. She got a job tending bar at The Bowery Electric, working for New York Punk Rock godfather, Jesse Malin – known for fronting the band D Generation. With a kind friend and ally on her side, she went out on tour as a keyboard player with Jesse in 2014 and played nine SXSW shows with him. There she met many people that would inspire her to take her music to the next level and found her place in the New York music scene.

Brian Viglione found true calling when he learned to play the drums. He found a world he could ensconce himself in with his friends, one that would alleviate a sometimes stressful home life, and the resulting boredom of which can come from small town New Hampshire.

Reading 'Get In The Van' by Henry Rollins, and taking an honest assessment of his life at his immediate prospects inspired him to hit the road and broaden his musical horizons. Playing with early bands like hardcore punk outfit Sic Semper Tyrannis, psychedelia-inspired Asciento, and ultimately The Dresden Dolls, brought the avante garde into his life. His openness to many different kinds of music made him one of the most well-rounded, in-demand drummers leading to gigs and sessions with numerous well known names including Nine Inch Nails (2008), and Violent Femmes (2013 -15).

His songwriting abilities grew from the experience as well. Having the advantage of working with great storytellers like Amanda Palmer and now Olya, he wrote in line with the main emotional thrust of the song. Tuning into his collaborator’s intent, he sought to evoke as much emotion as possible.

In the case of Olya and Brian Viglione, like minds meant open hearts. The couple met in 2013 at the Black Flag “Barred For Life” book release party at Bowery Electric, where Olya worked.

They connected immediately – as soon as Olya told Brian her story, he knew they were kindred spirits. Upon getting to know Brian, Olya remarked “Sometimes you meet a person and you feel like you have known them all your life. That is how it was with Brian.”  Their mutual respect for each other’s talent, influences and dedication that got them to that day, fanned the flames of a great romance.

They married and formed Scarlet Sails as a true collaborative effort – with Olya’s unique voice in writing and singing and Brian’s top notch musicianship forming the base of what would become a full, touring band. They added Nick Emde on guitar and Joe Noval on bass, and are setting out on an exciting new chapter of life on the open road."


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