La-based solo artist Vaines is dropping his first new track of 2019. A genre-blending song for fans of nothing, nowhere, blackbear, and GOLDN
“This song is kind of an interesting look at a relationship I’ve written about before,” Vaines shares. “It’s less about the toxic parts of the relationship itself, but the negative things I took away from it and how it affected future connections with people.”
He continues: “Musically it’s a great example of all of my influences. One minute you’re listening to a moody r&b breakup song and then boom: guitar solo. If you’re confused about whether you should dance or headbang, I’ve done my job.”
Jared Gaines (under the moniker Vaines) grew up splitting time between his mom in the small town of Ogdensburg, NY, and his in Toledo, OH, with his aunt and uncle. His childhood was tumultuous. His relationship with his mom remains strained due to her drug addiction.
As a coping mechanism Gaines developed a goofy, over-the-top personality. He let his loneliness lead to creativity. He began to put that energy into writing music and being involved in the local music scene.
In 2017 Vaines crossed the country to sleep at a buddy’s house in Los Angeles, before deciding to make LA his home. It was there that he began writing, recording, and tracking songs in his bedroom with just $200 worth of home studio equipment.
“Medicine” showcases Vaines’ dark, ethereal bedroom pop vibe and, with more music in the works, 2019 is already promising to be his biggest year yet.