The VeeVees

The VeeVees

 
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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NYC Rock n' Roll

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Biography

"Soulful, persistent, raw. Do pay attention to this excellent , creative band!" - Mick Rossi (Pianist/Drummer/Composer - Paul Simon, Philip Glass)

"Everyone should check out THE next big thing in rock music: The VeeVees are the real deal!!!" - Tone Def (Producer/Engineer - Green Day, Santana, Outkast)

"The VeeVees are the most vibrant, creative new rock I have seen in a long time, loads of energy and great songs! These guys ROCK!" - Roy Hendrickson (Engineer/Producer - Paul McCartney, Cheap Trick, Empire Of The Sun, Mika)

The VeeVees are Detroit bombshell Sophia Urista with the wails, roaming poet Garrett Cillo strumming strings and Italian powerhouse Andrea Belfiore on the skins.

There was a time when rock and roll wasn't just another musical genre, it was an attitude. A way to give voice to the voiceless in times of despair, passion, heartbreak, and rage. It was the limbo that guttural sex and violent drug abuse danced in through a reckless journey to a loud decay. It was a beautiful bomb. As Dylan would say, "the times they are a-changin'". And although it's not likely the world will ever see another Hendrix or Zeppelin, there are still those who believe in the dark glory days of rock.

Yearning for those dog-days is The VeeVees. This rock band from Brooklyn has little concern for anything other than creating raw, truthful, visceral music.

Frontman Garrett Cillo first met powerhouse drummer, Andrea Belfiore, at an underground masquerade on Halloween night in New York City's Chinatown, circa 2011. Cillo, being an avid songwriter, was immediately drawn to Andrea's incredible adaptability with any composition thrown his way. 

The duo hammered on, quickly garnering an exciting ten song set. From that set, the band pushed for their debut EP, hooking up with versatile Producer/Engineer Ben Rice of Degraw Studios. The VeeVees along with Mr. Rice arose from the studio with a strong debut aptly titled, "Tell Me It's Electric". The sound of the EP emulates a grooving, infectious and heavy nature, setting an exhilarated mood. It's one you can turn on late at night in the confines of your own bed to visualize and replay your own personal fantasies. This original soundtrack seems to be the mere kickoff to a long, prosperous journey among The VeeVees' rocking vessel. If "Tell Me It's Electric" is any indication of what's to come for these vicious Brooklynites, then hold on to your sanity and keep your arms and legs inside the coaster at all times. "Tell Me It's Electric" was released August 10, 2012. 

The EP was followed by the release of the duos first single DOG DAY REVEL. The songs music video was entirely written and directed by Garrett Cillo.

On April 11th 2013, after hearing the song BRUNETTE BABE from an iPhone video, producer Roy Hendrickson (which credits include Paul McCartney, James McCartney, Mary J Blige, POD, Cheap Trick) asked the band to record the song the following day. The VeeVees recorded Brunette Babe in legendary Studio A at AVATAR STUDIOS, NYC on April 12th 2013 in a 4 hours session. 
"Brunette Babe" was released October 25th 2013 followed by its music video premier directed by Cillo.

On July 13th 2013, the band made their first overseas trip to play at the AREZZO WAVE FESTIVAL, one of the biggest rock festivals in Italy. The VeeVees were one of the only two bands selected out of over 200 submissions (through Sonicbids) from Canada, United States, Brazil, Japan, France, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Hungry and others. 

The VeeVees released single
"MAIN SQUEEZE", on December 23rd 2013 and single "GROOVIN' SWOON" on March 6th 2014. 

The Rock n' Roll trio...

Nearly two years after headlined over 100 shows across the US and internationally as a duo, Cillo and Belfiore asked their good friend and incredible vocalist Sophia Urista to have a simple jam together one day. It was so electrifying that not asking Sophia to join the band would have been a wasted opportunity, Cillo adds.

Her collaborations alone include legends such as Ashford and Simpson, and Quincy Jones.

Now that the three rockers have joined forces, they truly know no limits. The trio now resides in an infinite upward spiral of rock and roll creation preparing to wow every person they cross.

Discography

FEBRUARY 2012 - BROOKLYN BASEMENT DEMOS

1. Snake In Arabia
2. Daisy Rose Josefina
3. Vintage Til I Die

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Recorded by Dan Bricker at Belfiore's Bedroom
Mixed by Garrett Cillo at Cillo's Bedroom Studios

AUGUST 2012 - 'TELL ME IT'S ELECTRIC' DEBUT EP

1. Tell Me It's Electric
2. Homemade Voodoo
3. She No Disco
4. Only The Lowly
5. Save The Soul

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Produced by Ben Rice & The VeeVees
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Ben Rice
Mixed and Engineered at Degraw Sound, Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Masterdisk, NYC, NY.

MARCH 2013 - 'DOG DAY REVEL' single (featured music video)

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Produced by The VeeVees & Ben Rice
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Ben Rice
Recorded and Mixed at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Masterdisk, NYC

JULY 2013 - The VeeVees SPECIAL EDITION PRINTED CD
A collection of all the songs recorded by the band.

OCTOBER 2013 BRUNETTE BABE single (featured music video)

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Produced by Roy Hendrickson and The VeeVees
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Roy Hendrickson
Recorded and Mixed at Avatar Studios (Studio A) in NYC, NY.

DECEMBER 2013 - 'MAIN SQUEEZE' single

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Produced by Ben Rice & The VeeVees
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Ben Rice
Recorded and Mixed at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Merrill Mastering, NY

MARCH 2014 - 'GROOVIN' SWOON' single

Written and Performed by The VeeVees
Produced by Ben Rice & The VeeVees
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Ben Rice
Recorded and Mixed at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Randy Merrill at Merrill Mastering, NY

Set List

Mean For Me 

Walk Like A Dog 

Who To Lose

Paradise

Come On Round 

Daisies In My Pockets

Surf 

Gold Blooded 

Sophia

My Lady

Interlude 

Think (James Brown)

Blues For Blues

Dog Day Revel

Now To Illuminate 

Only The Lowly

She No Disco

Main Squeeze 

Groovin Swoon 

Karlie

Brunette Babe

Born A Runaway

Tell Me It's Electric

Homemade Voodoo

She No Disco

Only The Lowly

Talk To The Devil

Time Is Right