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Review: Veseria, RLTVTY
Posted July 24, 2017 by Brett Alderman
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Do you ever listen to an album and immediately want to rummage through the creator’s music collection afterward? Well, that’s how I felt after checking out the latest album from one of Indy’s hardest working bands, Veseria. Their third studio album, RLTVTY, will drop on July 29 on Romanus Records. The Circle City rockers have crafted a broad, rich collection of 13 songs. Before you pick up a copy of their super tasty new vinyl, please allow me to give you my thoughts.

My overall impression of this album is that it is a very eclectic blend of songs constructed by a very cohesive group of musicians. From start to finish, up and down, backward or forward, these songs could not be pulled off by players that didn’t have the solid relationship found with Jen and Patrick Roberts, Kyle Perkon and Corey Lusk.

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“And Also,” which I’d previously heard on a sand filled 7” with Brother O’ Brother, kicks off the album. With its syncopated groove and horns, I was quite curious what Veseria listens to when they’re not making music. By the song’s end, I was reminded of other famously eclectic bands like Gogol Bordello (but with much smoother vocals). Particularly the ending, as it builds from just Jen Roberts’ vocals and guitar to a controlled frenzy.

Veseria premiered the video for the second track, “Zenobia” last month. This is clearly a great lead release with its foot-stomping, anthemic chorus. This aggressive, defiant and short song will certainly move you to “let your battle cry ring out.”

There are several elements of this album that I simply love to hear, and they’re featured prominently in the next two tracks, “First Law of Thermodynamics” and “Citykids (Thermodynamics Reprise).” Jangly guitar parts, driving drums and bass lines, plus some layered banjo and of course, a flanger. And again, those stops, expertly pulled off.

I was really digging “Hunting Accidents,” but when I realized it had a Game of Thrones theme, I didn’t pay much attention (it was also on the 7”). I just finished Season 2 and haven’t spent years avoiding spoilers to have a detail slip into my psyche through a catchy, head-bobbing song. That said, the ending is a magnificently heavy groove.

As I said previously, RLTVTY isn’t all rock tracks though. The soundtrack worthy “Star Stuff” and groove-laden “Wherewithal” are two standouts, adding a depth to the album. The album has a couple of standout acoustic tracks. Recorded with only a single microphone, both “Safe in Sleep” and “Exit Interview” are intimate showcases of Jen’s voice.

Personally, I feel the mark of a good song is found in the ending. One thing I can say about this album is each track has a solid finish. A perfect example is the poppy ‘Wingspan,” with its sweeping horns and the uplifting, repeated lyric, “We’re not going anywhere.”

With the quality of songwriting that Veseria put into RLTVTY, I expect we’ll all be hearing more from them for a long time to come. In the meantime, roll the windows down and put this album on repeat. 

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