Concept only… not an official VAST website.
This design was proposed to the band several years ago after it sparked interest originally being created as a fan site.
Appealing and very much liked, the band suggested this design be used for their official website … but nothing came of it.
VAST (pronounced “vast”) is an American alternative rock band based in Seattle. The acronym VAST stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theater and is the main creation of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Crosby.
VAST’s sound is identifiable as ambient electro-rock with considerable industrial and acoustic influences, usually made with Crosby’s traditional acoustic guitar, electronic instruments and processing, drum-driven tracks, and heavy bass.
Vocally similarities range from classic rock to post-grunge. In recent years, however, VAST’s sound has been more identifiable with acoustic rock in releases such as April and Me and You. The band’s latest release is 2018’s Black Magic.
Crosby’s musical endeavors began at the age of 13, where he was noted in Guitar Player Magazine as a promising guitarist of the future. Growing up, Crosby spent his teen years in Humboldt County, California. He often recorded home demos with nothing more than a guitar and a drum machine, sometimes a bass player with him as well.
He nearly signed onto a guitar-based label Shrapnel, but turned it down to work on his budding songwriting skills. Crosby eventually left Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park, California, to do home study and begin his own band, which he dubbed VAST. Much like fellow alternative rock/industrial band Nine Inch Nails, Crosby was the only member but found a touring band who knew the songs well enough to play with him live.
After sending multiple demo tapes to nearby radio stations in his home state of California, the band got a contract with Elektra Records. VAST released a teaser of their upcoming debut album Visual Audio Sensory Theater, titled VAST Is…, which featured the first four tracks of the album.
The track “Touched” received considerable amounts of airplay on local radio stations before capturing the attention of a mainstream audience, when it was featured in the Dana Brown surfing film Step into Liquid. It also received exposure when it was played briefly in the trailer for the movie The Beach (even though the song never made it to the actual soundtrack). NBC also used it as a promo song during TV show advertisements.