Violent in Black is a rock band from New York City. Violent in Black is a strong, explosive band.
Violent in Black's approach to their music is far closer to the brash, hard-driving Seattle style rhythm & blues than the majority of the groups currently riding the beat wagon, & it is probable this refusal to compromise their music to match the 'current sound' is what's gaining them their rising legions of fans. Their performances have an honesty & power about them that makes those of their contemporaries look insipid. They present their balls-out rock with musicality and passion and without a dull moment. While others race to conform to punk and music norms, the boys of Violent in Black are free of tattoos and of concerns as they emanate a raw sound for the devastated. Like the perfect piece of chocolate with no nuts or mints or other distractions, the music is deceptively simple, rich, and so good it might be sinful.
Through humble beginnings, the NYC power trio of Joe Berson (vocals, bass), Julian Rhine (guitar, vocals), and Travis Scelia (drums) has been delivering a genuine disdain for conformity while also delivering that beautiful, gut-wrenching, chill-inducing music. Violent in Black (or ViB - pronounced either like "vibe" or one letter at a time like "V.I.B.") is inspiring mutants to accept who they are and helping nobodies to feel alive and find their places. The #ViBers (the band's hardcore fans) are losing their minds to ViB's rock for new times and all times. FFO (For Fans Of): Nirvana, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Alice in Chains, The Beatles, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Sublime, Weezer, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine
Bass/ Lead Vocals
"We needed a band to bring back the days of party punk with more style and ViB did just that. With a mix of Nirvana and LMFAO/Cobra Starship vibes, seeing them live is a party in and of itself."
- Scenes from the Underground Blog Review 2017
"The Holidays are here! And while you are busy shopping for that perfect gift for mom and dad, the fellas in Violent in Black have dropped a new music video for “Cocaine Road Trip” that you’ll probably be singing during the Holiday gatherings and probably everywhere else." -Scenes from the Underground Blog Music Video Review 2018
"We barely survived [Violent in Black's last show]. It was the wildest night we've had in 15 years." -Steve M., manager of PIANOS