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If you're a kid growing up in Estes Park, there isn't much to do besides get into trouble — or, if you're Blake Hinson, you turn boredom into a band. While still in high school, he and friend Colin Golitko started Vandelay Industries, sharing guitar and vocal duties, but they put the pop-punk act on hold in 2009, when Hinson headed to Kansas for college and football. A year later, when he transferred to Colorado State University, Vandelay Industries was resurrected in Fort Collins; drummer Charlie O'Neil and then-bassist Joey Costello joined Hinson and Golitko in the lineup. Vandelay Industries released its first EP, Critter, last month; we sat down with Hinson in advance of the band's show with An Horse at the hi-dive on September 26 to find out a little more about the quartet with the funny name.
Westword: How did Vandelay Industries come together?
Blake Hinson: It wasn't until the summer of 2010 that we were officially a full-functioning band. I'm one year older than Colin, and he's one year older than Charlie. I went away for a year to play college football in Kansas, then transferred to CSU. Colin graduated and moved to Fort Collins for school, too. We played that way for a year, with Charlie still in high school. This year, Charlie started attending school here as well. We're finally together in one place, for the first time in a while.
Was there a music scene in Estes Park when you first started?
Uh, no. No, there's not. Not at all [laughs]. This past summer, we were all in Estes working, but we came down to Denver or Fort Collins to play shows. There are not really any places to play there. Fort Collins, though, has a great music scene.
How did you come up with the name Vandelay Industries?
Well, I just really, really love Seinfeld. So does Colin. At a high school talent show in 2009, we didn't have a name, so I said, "Let's go with Vandelay Industries." From there, it just kind of stuck. I think the name has done us some good. People maybe take notice more.
You recently released an EP. Are you guys working on anything else in particular right now?
We just added Joey Costello to our band, and we're just kind of getting in with that. Just trying to get our sound together as a band — we're trying to find a place where our music can fit together. We lost our bass player this year because he went to college in Boulder, so [Costello] is filling in right now. But in the future, we're hoping to have him on guitar and adding a new bass player. Other than that, we're just playing a lot of shows.