Local Indy band Veseria is playing at the Battle of the Bands tonight at The Hi-Fi. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the songs you might hear if you go.
There’s been a bit of a mix up with the bands we’ll be covering this week. So far, we’ve been looking at local bands competing in the Battle of the Bands at The Hi-Fi this year. But in the midst of it, we’ve inadvertently skipped some of the groups playing tonight for round two of the semifinals. To rectify this, today we’ll be covering one of the bands you can expect to see at The Hi-Fi tonight. Other bands you can expect include Shiny Penny, Porch Kat, J. Elliot, Side Hustle, and Out of the Blues.
This year, the Battle of the Bands competition includes twenty-four bands based in Indiana competing for a grand prize of $10,000 and a touring van. With so much on the line, everyone’s bringing their A-game.
So before we get into our song of the day, here’s a little more information on Veseria, who hope to make it to the finals held at The Vogue on February 15th.
Veseria is a five piece rock band based in Indianapolis that was founded in 2010. So for the purposes of tracking Indy’s music through the past decade, they’re a perfect candidate. Musically, the group constructs songs that blend together the genres of folk, classic rock, punk, and blues. So, pretty much everything. While this smattering of influences may result in an inconsistent sound in less experienced bands, Veseria manages to weave together the disparate threads into a wonderfully-knit sonic cap, that wraps comfortably around your head as you listen.
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).
Although they were founded in 2010, Veseria didn’t release their debut album, “Voyager”, until 2014. In 2015, they released their EP, “Songs of War”, followed up by a split vinyl collaboration with local Indy band Brother O’ Brother. In 2017, Veseria released their second album, “RLTVTY”. Their most recent release was the 2018 EP, “Post Party Depression: Part I”, with plans for a Part II to be released in the future.
“Oh, Emily” is the closing track from Veseria’s “Post Party Depression: Part I”. Of all the songs on their recent EP, this one has its roots tied in classic rock the most. You can hear it in the tone of the guitar, as well as in the general progression of the song. But with Veseria, it comes with their own characteristic sound stamped on it, as the song evolves with an extended trumpet solo to bring the EP to a climactic end.
When looking at other Veseria songs, “Oh, Emily” may seem like it’s lacking in the same kind of punk-based energy they tend to bring. But it strikes me as one of those songs that rounds them out, and prevents them from being too easily categorized, or lumped into just one genre. At the same time, it’s easy to forget that music is a form of communication. And what’s being communicated in “Oh, Emily” is the extremely personal story of the loss of a close friend. Here’s just a few lines to give you an idea.
“And I’ve seen the shapes that you formed into my head
In the hours after I learned that you were dead
And the colors in my eyes went red.
While “Oh, Emily” may not be the happiest party song Veseria could choose, I still hope it makes an appearance during the Battle of the Bands.
“Oh, Emily” may be one of Veseria’s best and most underrated songs. While it’s less energetic and upbeat than some of their other songs, it makes up for it by being both incredibly poignant and personal. You won’t get any commercially-manufactured songs from Veseria, and that’s really refreshing to know. I’ll be pulling for them to advance after tonight’s semifinals at The Hi-Fi. Be sure to head out there tonight if you want to support them.
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.