Griffin Taylor: Vended’s Live Approach “is to Entertain You”
As the 20 year-old son of Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Griffin Taylor has been able to absorb how to be a good showman and frontman from his dad. Along with Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan’s son Simon Crahan, Vended has enough of a pedigree where a solid live performance should be baked into the experience.
While speaking with Heavy New York (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), the young frontman said the point of playing live was less about looking cool and more about providing a kick ass experience that people can remember.
“Our goal is not to be up on stage and be, like, ‘Look at us. We’re so cool. We’re so this.’ Our goal is to entertain you; our goal is to make you feel better. Because everyone feels like shit nowadays. And it’s just kind of nice to have someone just kind of hurt themselves on stage just screaming and then wake up the next morning with back problems and then have you go home and be, like, ‘You know what? That was a really nice experience. I can kind of see where these guys are coming from.’ And if you didn’t enjoy our shows, that is completely fine. There have been shows that I have gone to where I was just, like, ‘Oh, not my cup of tea.’ And that’s completely your choice to not like our music, because, honestly, it just makes us try harder and it makes us take steps to, not change ourselves so much that it’s almost unrecognizable but change ourselves to the point where it’s just, like, maybe we can do it again and maybe we can try again.”
Vended has slowly been garnering a following in recent months, following their tim e on Knotfest and their own headlining tour. The band has also put out a debut EP out on digital streaming platforms last November.
Starting next month, Vended will be heading out on tour with Jinjer, P.O.D., and Space of Variations. If you want to catch Vended live, check out the dates below to see if they’re planning to come to your town.
10/31 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/03 Denver, CO – Fillmore
11/05 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis
11/07 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11/09 St Louis, MO – The Pageant
11/10 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
11/11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
11/13 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
11/14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
11/15 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
11/17 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
11/19 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian
11/20 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/21 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
11/23 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore