LISTEN NOW AT smarturl.it/staygoldVAINES
Alt-pop singer/multi-instrumentalist, Vaines has shared a cover of “Stay Gold“, out today via Hopeless Records. Vaines has taken all the best parts of the original song, first performed by rock band PVRIS, and added his own alt-pop twist to create a fun, catchy single that is sure to have fans dancing along on their first listen. “Stay Gold” is available to stream now at smarturl.it/staygoldVAINES
On the new single, Vaines shares “I’ve been a PVRIS fan for a long time and I think Use Me was my favorite record of 2020. I don’t really do covers but when I heard ‘Stay Gold,’ I had one of those ‘fuck, why didn’t I make this’ moments. It’s such a cool track and covering it was a fun way to explore how my sound could mesh with one of my favorite artists.“
“I’ve always put more weight on music in my life than learning the business or killing social media” says Jared Gaines when reflecting on his new alternative pop project Vaines. Vaines is here to shatter genre boundaries and break the traditional recording model (recording albums in studios with producers). Vaines not only writes his own music but also plays all of the instruments, records all of the mixes, and produces all of his own songs — right in his own bedroom.
Vaines passion for skateboarding and scouring local libraries for Thrasher magazines was interrupted when he was twelve-years-old and his dad gave him his first guitar. From then on, he was constantly performing in talent shows and creating performances for his parents with his siblings. Vaines soon discovered that he did not find comfort in just being a “band guy” but wanted to make more of an impact through songwriting as a solo artist. He cites “one-man generational” artists like Joji, Blackbear, and Post Malone as inspirations, but as he envisions his future, does not want to be pigeonholed to that genre only.
Vaines moved to Los Angeles in early 2017 and crashed with a friend with $200 in studio equipment and got to work writing any and all styles of music and honing his craft. In his songwriting style, Vaines will often write things in a reverse perspective to tackle how his distance and fear of commitment can make other people feel lonely. It helps him process how to be a better person and how to correct some of his self-diagnosed “toxic behavior”. Songwriting is how he processes and pushes through the obstacles he faces.