VATTICA is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in early 2014, the band quickly built an impressive local following in Southern California, including on the infamous Sunset Strip, performing at legendary venues such as The Viper Room, The Roxy Theatre and The Troubadour. VATTICA’s bombastic and energetic live show caught the attention of Another Century/Century Media Records, who promptly offered the band a recording contract.
VATTICA then set about refining their sound, which quickly coalesced into an arena-ready style reminiscent of alternative chart-toppers such as Muse, OneRepublic, PVRIS, Our Lady Peace and Imagine Dragons.
Next, VATTICA entered the studio to begin recording their debut album at The Mix Room in Burbank, CA with veteran producer Ben Grosse (Breaking Benjamin, Daughtry, Filter, Red, Vertical Horizon, Third Eye Blind).
In 2017 VATTICA finished their debut album. At the same time, Another Century was absorbed by RED Music which ultimately resulted in VATTICA deciding to part ways with the label. VATTICA then joined forces with new management and released their first single, “REMEMBER TO BREATHE”, on their own label (Villis) in May 2018.
REMEMBER TO BREATHE premiered on ALT105.3 (KITS) (and has been added to rotation on the station’s local music show SOUNDCHECK), as well as the iTunes “Alternative Music” page.It has also made it into numerous playlists amassing over 200k plays to date across all platforms. The lyric video for REMEMBER TO BREATHE received over 10k+ views on its first day.
VATTICA released their second single, CRIMINAL, in August 2018, which quickly gained over 300k plays across all platforms after being added to multiple playlists, including "Discover Weekly". The music video for CRIMINAL continued to generate buzz as well as some controversy for the band, as the video is highly critical of the Trump administration. Undaunted, VATTICA stuck by the message of their music and CRIMINAL continues to climb.
In 2019 VATTICA was seen on the High School Nation tour with MORGXN and The Plain White T's, in support of their single, WE SURVIVE. VATTICA also joined forces with Good Trouble Makers, artist-agitators based in Los Angeles and working internationally, to co-produce Unicorn pARTy, the first bi festival featuring bi artists in Los Angeles, which debuted during bi pride month.
So far in 2020 VATTICA has been seen at NAMM and SXSW, and has released their first EP, entitled BELIEVE, which has already received over 380k streams in its first month across all platforms.
VATTICA represents the new wave of rock; inspired by the authentic, infectious energy of the iconic, guitar-driven bands of the 90’s re-imagined through the anthemic pop sensibilities and polarizing political landscape of today. From their home base in Los Angeles, CA, VATTICA creates high energy music and videos, and produces multidisciplinary live events for everyone hoping for and working towards a better tomorrow for their communities, the climate, and our world.
The name VATTICA is a cobbled-together word made up of syllables: the Old English word vat (faet), meaning vessel, and the Latin roots vatic/vatical (of or characteristic of a prophet or oracle), and ah (exclamation expressing surprise/irony).
VATTICA is led by singer/songwriter Alexander Millar (he/they), a queer activist who is also a member of Good Trouble Makers, a queer artist collective based in Los Angeles and working internationally.