Founded by drummer Joey Jordison, formerly of Slipknot, Vimic is preparing for its first-ever world tour. The band combines heavy guitar riffs with the signature drums patterns for which Jordison is known. Joining Jordison in the lineup are Kalen Chase (vocals), Jed Simon (guitar), Steve Marshall (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass), and Matt Tarach (keyboards). Vimic’s full-length debut, Open Your Omen, is scheduled for release in early 2017.
The new band, album, and tour represent a new beginning in Jordison’s professional music career. In 2012, Jordison spent three months in the hospital and was diagnosed with a neurological affliction, Acute Transverse Myelitis. He underwent intensive physical rehabilitation and training, which eventually led to a full recovery and his return to the drums.
“The riffs, lyrics, and drums of Open Your Omen will tell you a lot,” Jordison says. “I did this record when I was coming out of the Acute Transverse Myelitis condition. It’s literally what saved me and helped me get back to where I’m healthier than ever. These guys and this album pushed me to not only relearn how to walk, but how to play the drums again. Open Your Omen is the rebirth of the rest of my life.
“There was a common goal,” Jordison continues. “With this record, it was complete honesty. It wasn’t trying to impress anyone or break down any doors. What we were trying to do was be true to our hearts and talent and give something back to the music that gave so much to us while we were growing up. It was about getting into the basement, grinding it out, being friends, and creating music.”
Jordison co-produced Open Your Omen alongside Kato Khandwala (My Chemical Romance, The Pretty Reckless).
“We really pushed each other in the best way possible,” Jordison says. “Kato’s a killer producer and a great guy. He has a fantastic sense of humor, making the atmosphere really fun.”
Vimic’s limited run of US shows are as follows:
December 26 at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa
December 27 at The Back Bar in Janesville, Wisconsin
December 28 at Bottom Lounge in Chicago
December 29 at Aztec Theatre in San Antonio, Texas
December 31 at House of Blues Dallas
The band will tour venues in Europe from March 7 through March 30, 2017.
Read about Jordison’s work with Slipknot in this article from Drum magazine’s archives: