Features

  • La Blogotheque: Undivided. Conquered.

    Divide & Conquer is as good as we could’ve hoped–slightly more delicate than Grace & Speed and punctuated with crescendos that explode in mid-air.

    La Blogotheque, April 07, 2009
  • Daytrotter Session: As Serenity Invades, It Sets...

    Heidinger sings as if the moods and assortments on his inside are in the midst of a spring cleaning – that soothing pitching and renewal that seems to leap out of people when the winter weather breaks for good.

    Daytrotter, April 02, 2009
  • The Lexington Herald-Leader

    Grace & Speed starts out all spry and chirpy with a little spiritual reflection called "However Many Takes It Takes". That is essentially the album's blue-sky folk moment. Toss in assorted percussive and electric guitar chatter, most of which comes from Heidinger's Apparitions mates, and things get a little cloudier. By the time you hit "The Streets Is Full of Creeps", which would be the album's highlight were it not so uncomfortably topical, night has fallen. That's when Grace & Speed takes on an altogether darker hue.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader, April 27, 2007
  • AOL Spinner: A Family Heirloom...

    Mark Charles Heidinger plays bass for rising upstarts These United States but his primary band right now is Vandaveer, his alt-folk project. Vandaveer also happens to be a family name, even though its not actually part of his own moniker. And all this confusion starts with a pocket watch...

    AOL Spinner, July 16, 2009

Reviews

  • Consequence Of Sound

    Whereas 2009′s Divide & Conquer was filled with sultry, sparse tunes such as “Fistful of Swoon”, Washington DC-based outfit Vandaveer‘s third LP, Dig Down Deep, pays homage to frontman Mark Charles Heidinger’s southern twangy Kentucky roots – and does so with resounding success... 

    Dig Down Deep is an intricate, cohesive collection of heartfelt songs that offer music as rich as the lyrical content. It’s an emphatic demonstration of Vandaveer’s wide array of talents and an excellent addition to their catalogue.

    Consequence Of Sound, April 21, 2011
  • The Line Of Best Fit

    Dig Down Deep is a delicate collection of artfully crafted Americana that pulses with an honesty and elegance that ultimately makes these songs memorable while also sounding distinctly timeworn and familiar, even upon first listen. Rose Guerin’s lovely vocal harmonies augment each number with a deeper tenderness and added intimacy, as the duo’s weathered voices blend seamlessly over the sparse, wispy arrangements.

    The Line Of Best Fit, July 18, 2011
  • The Washington Post

    Vandaveer’s third album, Dig Down Deep, is a good representation of the alt-folk genre: storytelling with a modern acoustic flair. To some, the image of the folk artist is that of a lone singer-songwriter, strumming and singing about how the times they are a changin’. But the D.C. band’s sound is bigger than that, even with its minimal arrangements... The album’s sweetest moments, though, come with the pairing of Heidinger and Rose Guerin, whose voice sounds like Emmylou Harris’s. Although the general theme of Dig Down Deep is a weary and hardscrabble life, that’s easy to overlook when the two sing.

    The Washington Post, May 20, 2011
  • The Dirty Impound

    Vandaveer nails both raw beauty and honest hope on the opening title cut of Dig Down Deep, and it’s not the last time they ensnare both on this bohemian hymnal for hurting hearts... Nakedly poetic, refreshingly engaged and swimmingly delivered, Vandaveer’s latest makes heavy things light, shines light into places we might prefer to keep covered and offers jaunty tunes for such soulful spelunking.

    The Dirty Impound, July 11, 2011
  • "****" - Q Magazine

    It's taken a year for Mark Charles Heidinger's album to find a UK release, the Kentuckian spending the intervening time touring Europe. Here he mixes French chanson with folk and sounds like an updated Leonard Cohen. ****

    Q Magazine, August 02, 2010
  • NPR Song of the Day

    Channeling countless '60s folksingers in his emphatic strums and sharp rhymes, Heidinger released Grace & Speed under the name Vandaveer early this year. That album's opening track, "However Many Takes It Takes," feels comfortingly familiar... With a voice suitable for both rock and folk, he has a natural flair for the delivery of the latter...

    NPR, December 21, 2007
  • Pop Matters

    The Vandaveer name carries with it far more of Dylan’s spirit than other contributors to the genre... he’s telling stories, some of which betray a cautious optimism, but most of which find dark places to hide, with very little in the way of happy endings... This is a singer who can tell a pitch-black story in a way that makes it sound more like unfortunate happenstance than world-moving tragedy, as an observer rather than an interpreter.

    Pop Matters, May 31, 2007
  • Performing Songwriter Magazine

    You may not yet know the name Mark Charles Heidinger, but you should. When he’s not tearing it up with The Apparitions, he’s creating well-crafted modern folk music under the moniker Vandaveer. Grace & Speed is superb from start to finish, showing Heidinger’s gift for storytelling and sense of economy.

    Performing Songwriter Magazine, February 27, 2007
  • The Washington Post

    Mark Charles Heidinger keeps one lo-fi tic, recording his essentially solo music under a band alias, Vandaveer. But this troubadour, known as the frontman of D.C.'s pop-rock Apparitions, doesn't cloak his songs in any sort of indie shtick. "However Many Takes It Takes" opens Vandaveer's debut, "Grace & Speed," with a directness and immediacy that evokes pre-electric Bob Dylan.

    The Washington Post, August 03, 2007
  • Washington City Paper

    A surprisingly accomplished set of folk-ribbed and rock-informed tunes...

    Washington City Paper, March 22, 2007

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