Local Indianapolis rock band Veseria’s genre-blending track, “Bite the Hand” displays the same attention to songwriting that they’ve become known for in the community.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been focusing on showcasing bands and musicians from Indy’s music scene to bring attention to the wealth of talent our city has to offer. So far this week, we’ve looked at songs from the likes of Clint Breeze and the Groove, Crescent Ulmer, and Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers. And today, we’ve got one more band to be on the lookout for in Indianapolis.
Our song of the day today is “Bite the Hand”, from Veseria’s 2018 EP, “Post Party Depression: Part 1”. But before we get into the song itself, here’s a quick rundown on Veseria.
Veseria is a five-piece, Indianapolis rock band that started playing in 2010. Musically, the group constructs songs that blend together the genres of folk, classic rock, punk, and blues. While this hodgepodge of influences might well result in a clamoring of randomness, Veseria manages to weave these disparate parts together to create a unique tapestry of sonic cohesion.
Fronted by the husband and wife songwriting team of Jennifer (vocals, guitar) and Patrick Roberts (vocals, guitar), Veseria also includes members Kyle Perkon (drums), Phil Sloan (bass), and Ben Jarvis (trumpet).
Veseria released their debut album, “Voyager” in 2014. Since then, they’ve released a number of other works. A year later, they came out with the EP “Songs of War”, followed by their junior release, “RLTVTY” in 2017. They’ve also been quite active within the local community, having put out a split vinyl with local talent Brother O’ Brother in 2016, as well as a live performance from a concert at The Hi-Fi.
Their most recent release is the EP “Post Party Depression: Part 1”, which came out just last year. With plans for a part 2 and another vinyl to follow, there’s plenty more that Veseria still has to offer.
Bite the Hand
“Bite the Hand” is the opening track to Veseria’s “Post Party Depression: Part 1” EP. And with good reason, too. This track presents a strong start to the EP, propelling listeners through it with intoxicating energy and stellar vocals from Jen Roberts.
The song starts off with a driving percussion and distorted bass combo. The song then gets a dose of higher energy injected into it with the inclusion of Jarvis’ trumpet mirroring Roberts’ vocal melody through the introductory chorus. Halfway through the song, there’s a breakdown that slows the rhythm way down to make room for a smooth and meandering trumpet solo.
The combination of the rocking rhythm and trumpet’s presence gives “Bite the Hand” a punk-reggae vibe that you don’t hear too often. Matched with a heavy rock and punk energy and Roberts’ passionate vocals, “Bite the Hand” soars above expectations.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t also pay respects to the lyrical skills of the Roberts songwriting team. In just the chorus, you can see the care and attention brought to the song’s meaning.
“You say not to bite the hand that feeds.
Does that apply when it is poisoning me?
Conducting it’s political symphony,
May I please be granted amnesty”
There’s also this gem of a section shortly after the breakdown.
“It’s tragic this static;
Anxious for a memory.
Soul weathered. Will severed.
Could content be just a dream?”
Veseria is a band that knows the sound that they’re going for, which unfortunately can’t be said about a lot of local bands out there. They’re not afraid to stand out, experiment with what they like, and generally craft their own sound from a smattering of influences. It’s the mark of a band paving their own way, and it’s refreshing to see coming from the Indianapolis community.
Speaking of community, Veseria will be giving back next weekend at Square Cat Vinyl for Record Store Day. The band will be giving away free copies of their “Songs of War” vinyl. So make sure to get out there and not miss out.
Finally, if you’re looking for more coverage on the Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re bringing in local Indianapolis artists and showcasing their talents.