Local rock band to perform at CSUN’s noontime concert

Elano Pizzicarola

Local rock band Vas Defrans will take the Plaza del Sol stage Thursday to perform at USU’s noontime concert.

Lead singer and songwriter Vincent Coleman said Vas Defrans’ sound is aggressive and describes his vocals as similar to Incubus’ vocals.

The unsigned quintet has been around for a while. They played at Coachella in 2008. They also have played at Hollywood venues like the Roxy, Whiskey-a-Go-Go and Bardot.

They plan to perform seven songs on Thursday.

Coleman, a CSUN student studying recreation and tourism management, said the band typically plays sets shorter than the time allotted for his band on Thursday.  The one-hour set will allow the band to showcase more of its work, he added.

Coleman said he expects to forge a more intimate, band-audience interaction. The Granada Hills resident attributes this opportunity to Plaza del Sol’s low-lying stage.

“When you’re on that higher stage, you don’t really get to connect. I think that’s the nice thing about this type of venue—you’re able to connect with the listener,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the show came about after he was approached by Iris Pupo, USU’s event assistant.

“When they approached us, it was just an awesome opportunity,” Coleman said.

Pupo attributes the decision to choose Vas Defrans to “countless recommendations from CSUN students.”

Pupo said that Vas Defrans differs from other bands driven by their genuine, fan-friendly approach.

“When writing music, they keep the listener in mind, but still stay true to Vas Defrans with their experimental musicianship, all while still writing songs that are catchy, relatable and tangible,” Pupo said.

Coleman and the band are eager to hit the stage for their first USU show. He said he anticipates that a commonality will be shared with the crowd.

“We’re all in college, all of us in the band. So it’s just, like, what we connect with,” he said.

“(We are) just very excited (and) very humbled (and) very thankful to be able to perform and connect with students or whoever it is,” Coleman said.

Coleman said he hopes Thursday’s will be part of a fruitful year.

“We’re definitely looking for more festivals to book over the summer, hopefully,” he said.

Noontime concerts are typically held at noon on the first three Thursdays of each month. Two more USU events are scheduled for this semester.