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Vinnie Caruana goes solo with ‘Survivor’s Guilt’

Merrick's Vinnie Caruana is launching a solo tour

Merrick's Vinnie Caruana is launching a solo tour in September. Credit: Shervin Lainez

After nearly two decades in respected bands, singer-songwriter Vinnie Caruana is going it alone for a while.

The Merrick singer-songwriter, a veteran of The Movielife and I Am the Avalanche, has released his debut solo album “Survivor’s Guilt” (Equal Vision) and will launch a solo tour in September, including a stop at the Studio at Webster Hall on Sept. 22.

Though Caruana has toured solo off and on in his career, the batch of songs on “Survivor’s Guilt” feel different, an artistic statement that sounds like it comes from one guy rather than a group.

The jangly “We Don’t Have to Die Alone” sounds that much sweeter unadorned, as Caruana sings about “kissing in the chaos of the afternoon.” His punk rock rage on “Burn It Down” feels much more potent because it comes from him alone, though I Am the Avalanche’s drummer Brett Romnes, who also produced the album, and bassist Kellen Robson do back him up.

“This has been a goal of mine for my entire career,” Caruana says in a statement. “But I’m really happy that I waited this long to make this record because I had to live life for a while before I was ready to write these songs.”

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