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VINTAGE BURNING BIO–(Direct from the group’s page:

Music is a gift that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Strip away the trendy clothes, the fancy hair, and the rock star attitudes, and what you have left is the song. A song that should take you on a trip of emotion, whether it be sad, happy, angry, lonely or comforted, when that song is over you should feel connected to the artist creating it. Now look at the music scene we have before us today, mostly cookie cutter music that seems to only concentrate on the clothes, hair, and attitude. Vintage Burning is here to give you back that gift of song

vintage-burning-2Disturbing the Balance, their latest release due out November 2009, featuring Ames with brilliantly clever lyrics, brought across with beautiful melody and monstrous screams. Jason, on guitar, takes you back to a time when guitar wasn’t just chugging and palm mutes, it was an instrument of melody in itself. Mickey’s thunderous bass reminds you that a song needs groove and feeling, and Korey is the animal on the kit that brings it all together. This album will take you on a wild ride that will bring out all those feelings you want to feel when something or someone moves you. It’s beautiful and ugly. It’s happy and sad. It’s terrifying and calming. It’s disturbing the balance. It’s the culmination of two years of hard work, sweat, and tears, and we are very proud of it. So here it is, recorded and engineered by Shane Hochstetler at Howell Street Recordings, and mastered by Trevor Sadler at Mastermind Productions, we hope it helps raise people’s expectations of what music should be, instead of just accepting what is.

Interview with Afresh Entertainment Magazine

Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

(Ames) I am Ames Kroning from the band Vintage Burning

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

(Ames) We are from Southern Wisconsin and I am the vocalist

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

(Ames) The original singer now guitar player,Jay TThompson, started the band and one day he saw a pack of rolling papers called “Vintage” and the “Burning” part is pretty obvious, ha. The name has more meaning now though, It means to not let the past control you but to use it to your advantage.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

(Ames) Usually I play the skin flute, j/k, My voice is my instrument but I dabble in anything I can get my hands on.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

(Ames) We have 4 band members total, Jay Thompson(guitar/backup vocals) Ames Kroning(vocals) Mickey Klawitter(bass), and Korey Butler(drums), we actually have another person in our group we consider as a member of the band which is a big help to us Bryce Wickersham who handles most of the driving and tour managing for us as well.

Afresh:  If you had to describe your music to someone who has never seen you before, how would you describe it for public audience?

(Ames) I would have to say we are more metalcore. We have metal riffs and rhythms with screaming involved but we have a lot of melody and harmonies going on to fill it out with catchy choruses.

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

(Ames) The band started in 2002 with our guitar player as the original singer. It was a three piece but over time obviously lots of member changes. Right before a huge show with Fair to Midland both guitar players quit and Jay had to go back to playing guitar and had no singer since the guitar parts were pretty difficult. He told me I had a week and a half to learn all the songs and I had no choice, ha. It turns out people were really into it since you don’t see a lot of female acts around here. Now we have a great group of people working together to make something of ourselves and we are ready to get out there and make music!

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

(Ames) I was in choir my life since I was in 6th grade so I have always sang but I have been performing live with a band for about 3 years now.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

(Ames) I met Jay after he was getting out of his marriage and we had a lot in common with the music side of life and we started a relationship after meeting at a show we both happened to show up at. Coincidence? Then blossomed into bandmates as well. Korey and Mickey were both local musicians in the area working with other bands they weren’t happy with anymore so we basically told them they had to join or else. ha

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

(Ames) My biggest is stage fright. Oh I get butterflies like you would not believe.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

(Ames) Fancy you mention that because we just had a major catastrophy last weekend when our van’s gas tank was leaking gas everywhere. Could have blown up but we are fine. We were completely broke and no one to even fix it on a Saturday night. If we didn’t have each other we would completely go insane, Basically we are all the best of friends and can tell each other anything we need to to make it through those tough times we are going to have over and over again. There will always be obstacles but as long as we know we are there for each other, nothing could ever make us fall over and give up.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

(Ames) The economy has a lot to do with bands losing money. Venues are closing since no one goes out anymore, bars are charging higher prices for drinks, venues won’t give you a guarantee since you are from out of town or you don’t get radio play, and much more besides those few. The best thing that has helped us is the free promotional things like myspace and facebook to reach our fans on a personal level. Word of mouth goes far and I believe that has helped us a lot so far. One piece of advice, never let any bar owner talk you out of getting your guarantee from the venue. If you have that little contract do not let them walk about without paying you. You need that money to eat and survive out there.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

(Ames) Never let anyone tell you that you are worthless. Keep your head high and proud through those dark times and the world will shine through your eyes.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

(Ames) My family is very proud of me. My mom goes to her work and forces people to listen to the CD. My older brother is an animator and is currently working on a 3D video for one of the songs off the album. At first they thought I was nuts but when they realized that I wouldn’t give up because they thought I was wasting my time they knew I was happy and that’s what matters.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

(Ames) Promote promote promote! Make as many fliers as you can and post them wherever you can. If it is in the publics face they can’t help but look at it.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

(Ames) Nobody at all in my family were musicians. In Korey, Mickey, and Jay’s family they all had at least one relative that played music for a living at one point or another.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

(Ames) I love our style of music. The screaming and the melodies take me away. The heavy metal riffs and stomping drums. It is kind of like putting yourself into another realm. I sometimes listen to classic rock or old school metal just because it was much more pure back then. The music world is so saturated right now with so much over dubbing on a lot of music when you go see bands live they sound nothing like their albums.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

(Ames) I love fashion. Jay and I are thinking of starting a clothing company to help make some money while we are on the road.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

(Ames) The fans and my band members are really the reason I can see doing this all the time. I get down on myself sometimes and they keep me on track and give me the strength to carry on.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

(Ames) Of course, Jay is my biggest inspiration. He loves music more then anyone I know. I see him everyday and everyday I am reminded of how much I love doing what we do.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

(Ames) Right now Jay and I both write lyrics but Korey and Mickey both influence in some way shape or form.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

(Ames) I would have to say maybe another guitar player or dj just to add more flavor to the live performance but honestly I can’t say that would make us any better then we already are.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

(Ames) None that we are aware of but I can’t say that it wouldn’t hurt.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

(Ames) We always welcome fans to hang out with us when we are at shows but there has been a few annoying drunk chicks trying to bang my band members. Yuck!

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

(Ames) My most embarrassing would be when we played our last song of the night one show and somehow the stars were just not aligned in our favor and the entire song was a train wreck. Eeveryone coming in on the wrong part at the wrong time. Trying to come back from that was like pulling teeth.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

(Ames) Jay got a pair of panties put around his neck once. GROSS! I wanted to strangle the wench but you have to keep composure.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

(Ames) Probably the recent show when a terrible storm came through the town and flooded the streets . There was like two feet of rain running down the middle of the road and our trailer that was detached from the van almost started drifting away down the road. Then I was already drunk and started street wrestling in the muck with a fan of ours Good times.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

(Ames) I would have to when the van almost could have exploded when we realized the gas tank was leaking and we had no way home. Scary to be so far away from home and no money and no way to get home.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

(Ames) Actually we are going to be performing a benefit for an animal cruelty organization and an opening of a tattoo shop in our local area. The tattoo shop is a sponsor of ours and they are truly good friends at Sinnin Skinn Inkworks out of Orfordville, WI. Madd Matt and Tony are great artists. Matt’s wife used to work for The Humane Society so they are involved with the event to raise money for them.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

(Ames) We do not have an agent but we are managed by John Kunz at Arrowhead Productions and Bryce Wickersham is out tour manager.  We have a lot going on right now, Korey has Ddrum, Xcel Drumsticks, and Saluda Cymbals. Mickey has Spectar bass. Jay is working on a string endorsement and Schector guitars. We are signed with Dirtbag Records which also includes the clothing endorsement. We are currently working on a Jeigermeister sponsorship as well.

Afresh:  Do you have any other interviews posted somewhere for the public to view?

(Ames) We have some other interviews on the internet, Not a whole lot but you can check them out at,

which is a live video and another magazine

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

(Ames) We have several live videos and on the road videos for everyone to enjoy. Our youtube channel is

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

(Ames) Yes we have myspace, facebook, reverb nation, and vampire freaks.

Here is a show schedule for you to get out and see us live and in person!

Vintage Burning is the headlining act for the Wake The Dead fest III

Wake The Dead Fest III Headliner Vintage Burning! The band has recently been signed by Dirtbag/ILG/Warner and will be touring nationally supporting their new CD “Disturbing the Balance”. This is a Metal band with a sensational female lead singer, Amy Kroning whose powerful voice you won’t ever forget! The rest of band consists of Jason Thompson guitar player/vocals, Korey Butler drums, and Mickey Klawitter bass. The group brings a high energy performance to every show that will entertain and thrill you!

Wake the Dead Fest III will be held at the Bison Arena on the Kansas State Fairgrounds, 10/09/2010. Tickets will be available at:

Watch the interview at The Blue Goat of Salina KS with James Lowe, Host of Jiggy Jag TV

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