Deas Vail

Deas Vail

 Russellville, Arkansas, USA
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Indie Rock band with an ambient undertone. Deas Vail has a dynamic sound that can change the way people listen to and appreciate music. They are passionate about their art and want to share it with the world.

Biography

It would be easy to describe Deas Vail simply by pointing at vocalist Wes Blaylock's upper register range and falsetto and then to slap on the indie label. Granted, it's an unmistakable voice that sounds as if it bides its time floating amid the stars, and so, is a major part of the band's sound. But there’s so much more beyond that soaring voice.

To start, the band's debut All the Houses Look the Same, features the unfailingly sharp and frenetic guitar work of Andy Moore (think Chris Walla or Jonny Greenwood), whose riffs are as memorable as any of the ridiculously high notes that Blaylock hits. Moore's work on the record sets a tone in line with America's finest indie rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and Europe's best-kept secrets (Mew, Kashmir).

But in no way does the album rely on any particular mix of instrumentation. By the time the manic guitar of Rewind fades away, it is replaced by the piano-led Shoreline, courtesy of keyboardist Laura Blaylock, Wes' wife. The song also features a haunting string arrangement by producer Mark Lee Townsend (Relient K) and the driving and clever rhythm section of drummer Kelsey Harelson and bassist Justin Froning backs all of it.

Formed while its members were students at Arkansas Tech in the Midwestern hamlet of Russellville, the band has gone through several different members before settling in with its current lineup for the past two-and-a-half years. While at school, Blaylock began writing songs he initially envisioned as solo works, but when coupled with an affinity for the indie-rock scene, Deas Vail was born. Blaylock discovered and embraced the indie rock scene his senior year of high school, eschewing the bluegrass and folk enriched home he grew up in (his sister Hannah fronts bluegrass/country outfit Eden's Edge).

“When we started, it was something we wanted to do because we enjoy music,” Blaylock said. “We write songs because we love songs. They make us happy or explain an experience. That's why I grab hold of these songs and love them. It's something we really care about.”

Upon the record’s release last spring, the band took on a healthy touring schedule that saw them crisscrossing the country for much of the year. Supporting acts like The New Frontiers, John Ruben and Edison Glass helped build the band’s fanbase,
a trend they would like to continue this year as the band feels their live show is essential to the experience and that more new fans can be made with this album.

“To us, playing live is just as important as making records, maybe more,” Blaylock said. “Even if we get tired of playing these songs, there’s meaning in the lyrics and we still feel like it’s good music.”

Discography

1. White Lights EP
(Available at performances and on iTunes)

Undercover is the radio single from this EP

2. All The Houses Look The Same
(Available at performances, in Hastings, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and iTunes)

Rewind, Surface, and Anything You Say are radio singles from this record.

3. Collapse EP
(Available on iTunes)

Our second full-length album is currently in production and is scheduled to release early 2009

Set List

Our set is flexible. We don't typically play the same set every night. Our set runs from 45 min. to 1 hr. max and will contain these songs:

Undercover
White Lights
Balance
From Priests to Thieves
Last Place

The following songs will be added as we see fit:

Follow Sound
This Place Is Painted Red
Surface
Rewind
Life In These Little Boats
Shadows and City Lights
Shoreline

A few new songs will be added from our upcoming record.