Vanguard Party is a rock band from Space. Currently operating from an outpost in Durham, NC, Vanguard Party provides melody driven rock music for the citizens of Earth. Their music blends soaring vocals with innovative guitar work, classical piano motifs, driving bass and pounding drums. Their exciting live performances are as precise as they are aggressive.

Vanguard Party began as a failed rocketry experiment when Alex Jergensen (guitar) and Matt Lawless (bass) plummeted to Earth after their space capsule disintegrated upon reentry over the skies of Durham. They knew the time was right to form an explosive rock band. Alex's long time friend and multi-media creative virtuoso Derek Rowe (vocals/piano) immediately teleported from Orlando, FL to Durham. A careful scan of the sector revealed Josh Brackett (drums) as the perfect percussionist to propel the band.

Vanguard Party is everything you want in a rock band. Words. Music. Excitement. Space travel. For fans of Muse, Queen and Foo Fighters.  

“Cycles in the Sky”



All songs written by: Vanguard Party


Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Vanguard Party in Durham, NC.


Mastering by Greg Abate at Neon Audio in Durham, NC.



Vanguard Party is:
Josh Brackett: Drums
Alex Jergensen: Guitars
Matt Lawless: Bass
Derek Alan Rowe: Vocals, Piano, and Keyboards

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2014-09-16 22:30:13
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EP “Cycles in the Sky” coming October 2nd

Vanguard Party’s upcoming release “Cycles in the Sky” will be released on October 2nd. They’ll be celebrating the new EP at The Pinhook, in Durham, NC. Doors @ 8pm, Show @ 9pm.


2014 / 09 / 16
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2014-03-03 17:10:11
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Vanguard Party is playing at the Pinhook in Durham on March 20th. Help us bring in the equinox with Canine Heart Sounds and Henbrain!


2014 / 03 / 03
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Durham’s greatest rock band, VANGUARD PARTY, is appearing live and in concert on Saturday, December 7th at Motorco Music Hall in beautiful downtown Durham.


2013 / 11 / 18
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Josh Brackett on DRUMS!

Last year our original drummer, Vid Maye moved to San Francisco and the Vanguard Party was incomplete. Finding a new member to a band is not the easiest task. Have you ever had a hard time deciding which movie to watch on Netflix?…Well its nothing like that.


2013 / 11 / 11
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