(a)Live and Alone at Visual Arts Collective spans SBS’ entire discography and if you’ve ever seen SBS live, you know that the live set goes harder and hits deeper. For the first time ever, we’ve been able to capture that successfully (thanks to Z.V. House for engineering and mixing and major thanks to Samuel F. Stimpert for turning on the stage lights).
All funds from the sale of this album will be directly donated to Visual Arts Collective in hopes that they can reopen on the other side of this thing. “Visual Arts Collective (VAC), is a contemporary fine art gallery, performance venue and cultural center in Garden City, Idaho, committed to presenting exhibitions and events for artists working in visual and performance art, film, music, dance and theater. VAC is dedicated to providing Boise and the Treasure Valley opportunities to explore various disciplines, to engage in interactive art, to participate in special events and to encourage artists and the community to continue in the discovery of artistic expression.” (Jeanne Huff, Idaho Press)
VAC is an important cultural hub for the Boise Metro area and it means a lot to us and so many other artists and creatives around the world. We’ve played some of our favorite shows there. We’ve seen countless amazing art installations. We’ve seen life changing rock shows and hilarious puppet shows as well as plays, burlesque, story telling, etc. The vibe, like the whiskey selection, is unmatched.
VAC has kept its doors open and shows sold out since it began in 2005. But since March 2020 the doors have remained closed. And the future of our beloved multi-use art space, performance venue and cultural center is questionable. We are asking for your help and offering you some music in exchange. If you want to purchase through Bandcamp we ask that you buy a physical copy (this site takes a huge chunk of fees and its cut out of digital sales). If you just want a digital album please consider donating directly to us by searching SunBloodStories on Venmo, CashApp, or PayPal and put VAC in the note with your email address. We will email you a download code.
Long Live Visual Arts Collective
released December 15, 2020
*Engineered and Mixed by Z.V. House
*Recorded at Visual Arts Collective in Garden City, ID November 8, 2020.
*All songs written by Ben Kirby and Amber Pollard; performed by Ben Kirby, Amber Pollard, Cody Goin, and Wade Ronsse
*Album artwork created by Amber and George Pollard