Vans: 50 Years of Authenticity and Growth
Thursday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
On March 16, 2016, iconic brand Vans will celebrate 50 years in music, art, street culture and action sports at House of Vans, their worldwide hub for creative expression. Rooted in a multitude of underground cultures, Vans has grown from a small southern California brand to one that has both outfitted and contributed to cultural movements across multiple musical genres celebrating creative expression and the "Off The Wall" message. With authenticity being an omnipresent topic across the evolution of all things artistic; Vans brings together member of the Vans family to address the process of growth and the age-old concept of authenticity.
VP/GM North America
Walter Schreifels is a solo artist and founding member of many seminal bands spanning across genres from hardcore punk to indy rock and emo, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Quicksand and Rival Sc...Show the rest
Walter Schreifels is a solo artist and founding member of many seminal bands spanning across genres from hardcore punk to indy rock and emo, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth Of Today, Quicksand and Rival Schools to name just a handful. He's also produced records for Title Fight, Hot Water Music and CIV, writing their first LP. While living between New York and Berlin, Schreifels continues to expand his musical palate in his latest psyche/garage incarnation Dead Heavens, while also finding time to join the supergroup Vanishing Life featuring members of Trail Of Dead and Rise Against. Schreifels has written for Spin, Vice, Talkhouse, does spoken word and appears in several books and documentaries on the subject of punk/hardcore.
Photo credit Per Schorn
Nate Mendel spent his pre-teen years listening to New Wave while traveling to BMX races throughout Eastern Washington. Bicycles gave way to skateboarding just as an encounter with the Black Flag al...Show the rest
Nate Mendel spent his pre-teen years listening to New Wave while traveling to BMX races throughout Eastern Washington. Bicycles gave way to skateboarding just as an encounter with the Black Flag album “Damaged” led to a decade-long immersion in the hardcore scene. Nate picked up bass guitar and soon formed the band Diddly Squat with a group of friends. Having nowhere to play, he began putting on shows for the band in their hometown of Tri-Cities. As the band and the scene grew, Mendel brought in national touring bands, and booked tours for his own band throughout the states.
Diddly Squat disbanded in 1989, and Mendel moved to Seattle to study journalism at the University of Washington and to join Christ on a Crutch, which was relocating to Seattle from Washington DC. Prior to his new bandmates’ arrival he filled in as bass player for the pivotal straight-edge band Brotherhood, and played on their LP “’Till Death.”
In Seattle Mendel continued to book hardcore shows and tours for Christ on A Crutch, though his musical influences were developing, and he found an outlet in the formation of Sunny Day Real Estate in 1992. After releasing two albums on Sub Pop records SDRE disbanded, but not before Nate met Dave Grohl at one of their final shows, who had just finished recording Foo Fighters fist album and was looking to form a band.
In 1995 Mendel joined Foo Fighters and almost immediately set out on tour with the band, which just finished celebrating its 20-year anniversary.
Last year Mendel put the bass aside to play guitar and perform lead vocals on his first solo album, released under the name “Lieutenant.”
Mish Barber Way is the front woman of the critically acclaimed punk rock band, White Lung (Domino Records) whose fourth album, Paradise, will be released May 6 of this year. She is also a freelance...Show the rest
Mish Barber Way is the front woman of the critically acclaimed punk rock band, White Lung (Domino Records) whose fourth album, Paradise, will be released May 6 of this year. She is also a freelance journalist whose works has been published in VICE, The Guardian, The National Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon and i-D. She is the sex and relationship columnist in the Vancouver newspaper, Westender, and pens advice for AskMen. She is an on-camera host and maintains a weekly column for Broadly, VICE's female-focused channel, where she researches everything from plastic surgery to politics to perverted sex. She lives in Los Angeles.Hide the rest