Goth-pop band Vision Video turns trauma into art

Frontman Dusty Gannon joined CultureShift to talk about his journey from combat veteran to paramedic to musician to TikTok phenomenon.

Vision Video's lead vocalist and guitarist Dusty Gannon (right) and keyboardist Emily Fredock.

The band Vision Video is a goth-pop band out of Athens, Georgia, whose frontman Dusty Gannon has found a bit of viral social media fame.

The group will be in Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for a headlining show at Small’s Bar in Hamtramck. Like a lot of bands that may fall under the genre of ‘goth,’ their songs have a strong dose of politics and personal angst. Gannon says most of the songs on their debut album, Inked in Red, were written while he was processing his experience as a combat veteran serving in Afghanistan.

“Ultimately, my experience in Afghanistan was mild compared [to others] but it was still terrifying,” Gannon says. But, he says, the trauma was nothing compared to being a paramedic in Metro Atlanta through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Honestly, there was way worse trauma from that [being a paramedic]. There were times when it felt like a war zone, with active shooter situations, gunshot wound victims… All the music that we’ve done has been a way to transmute negative energy [with the hope] of connecting people to something positive,” he says.

Gannon’s social media fame has been growing quickly through highly theatrical, heavily goth-style videos on TikTok — and a character he created called “Goth Dad.”

@visionvideoband Did you know #gothdad has a theme song?! Well, now you do! #goth #gothic #gothstyle #gothmakeup #funny ♬ original sound – Vision Video 🎃 Goth Rock Band

“That’s how Goth Dad was formed, like wouldn’t it be funny if there was this guy who was a 50’s Midwestern, hyper-wholesome dad who was also hyper-goth,” Gannon says. “I thought the juxtaposition was so funny… and then people started finding comfort in these videos.”

Gannon says “Goth Dad” has evolved into a desire to share a vision of positive masculinity through a positive male role model.

Catch Vision Video at Small’s in Hamtramck on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

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  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.