Before headlining a show in Des Moines, Davey Muise stopped at a coffee shop to have dinner.
It was a moment - one of few - when the lead singer of Vanna had a chance to relax.
After a rocky start to the group's first U.S. headliner tour, Muise said the hardcore band from Boston was finally getting settled on the road and spoke with DO leading up to their performance at Sweet Melissa's on Nov. 6.
Back when I listened to the album "Curses" in high school, the band was much different in terms of style and voice. Since you came aboard, how have you seen the band change and progress?
Muise: The band, early on in its career, got signed right away by just jamming and putting up music on the Internet and started playing shows and got noticed right away.
Back then, the Internet was new and they kinda got thrown into this "now you're a touring band" thing. They grew up in the eyes of people.
I just think that we've, along with new members and existing members, we took the band to where they wanted it to be. It's still got that vibe. It's still Vanna.
We just progressed with the music and matured.
It goes back to, "You can't write the same record twice."
It's boring for us; it's boring for the kids. We're really happy with the direction the band has gone.
Your sound has varied over the years, with the introduction of new members and the constant of founders, but how would you now describe it? I'm sure you've heard your style referred to as Boston hardcore.
I hate throwing labels on it. We grew up in Boston, man. We know what Boston hardcore is about.
I for sure think that we have some Boston hardcore, and pieces of punk rock, emo, metal.
We listen to a lot of music and we never go, "Well, we're this kind of band so we're gonna do this one thing."
It's something else other than constantly hammering ... we just consider ourselves a hardcore band with singing. If you think that we're a metal core band, a punk rock band, it's whatever you want.
The attacks at the Boston marathon earlier this year must have hit home for the band.
The thing about people from Boston is we're a hard breed. I think anyone that comes from a place that has harsh winters or based on a working-class environment, when tragedy strikes like that, they mount up together and stay hard.
You're not gonna break an entire unit like that.
It's not going to happen. I'm just gonna speak for my part of the country, New England. You grow up in this part of the country hard. I think that reflects in our music completely.
We definitely knew some people affected by it and we didn't really know what we could do. We were on tour at the time, donating whatever we could. I know that if something ever would happen to our band, people would stick by us.
We stick close. And you're not gonna break us. It's not gonna happen.
Hardcore isn't new to Savannah, but it certainly doesn't, necessarily, come out of the city. Would you say your appeal is broader than just the niche you generally play for?
You have that one day a week when you can go do something.
Maybe you don't have work or school. Or maybe you have something going on at home, and I think a show is a perfect break from that. Maybe you need that, maybe you need that outlet.
Whatever it takes.
The whole point of going to hardcore shows is it's your outlet. It's your one time where you can lose your sh!t. Don't sit at a computer and download an album.
Let the band know that you love the music. Here's my face. I'm right in front of you!
We live our entire lives based around a half-hour of doing what we love. We sacrifice ... just for half an hour because we love it so much, and all we ask in return is to come share half an hour with us.
What I'm hearing you say is you're still loving every second of it.
When we feel like we're not having fun, we won't do it.
But it's never come to that, and I don't see that coming any time soon.