This didn't take long: Vains of Jenna have a new singer and his name is Jesse Forte. He's a graduate of Musicians Institute and has been in a lot of California bands. Yes, he's American - which will be an interesting dichotomy to the Swedish act.
From a press statement:
"We first saw Jesse in 2009 when his band opened for us at the ‘Cat Club’ and he blew us away," says Vains of Jenna co-founder and bassist JP White. "Jesse is unique for sure. Imagine Steven Tyler’s charisma, Chris Cornell’s powerful voice, a charming smile; then mix it all in a blender with a pair of nunchakus and you get Jesse Forte."
We'll see I suppose. Forte's picture is plastered all over the band's Myspace. All the promo shots sure look like this singer change was in the works while Lizzy DeVine was still in the band, but maybe not (the logo looks a little different too). I still can't imagine VOJ without Lizzy, but I'm keeping an open mind about this. I just hope the rest of VOJ didn't screw Lizzy over and push him out or something. That would be uber lame, considering how much work Lizzy put into the band. (Is it me, or does the photo suggest an entirely new movement for the band? Like, maybe VOJ doesn't want to be Glam anymore? Their business, their right. The photo just seems...odd).
If you're in the Hollywood area, go see Vains of Jenna live on April 10th. The band has a gig booked at the Whisky a Go-Go. I'd love to check out the band's new chemistry but I'm afraid a trip across the country isn't an option right now.
Photo from the band's Myspace - no copyright assumed.