Red Veda

Red Veda

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"Red Veda's jams are hot" with powerful "knock your socks off" vocals, catchy melodies and engaging lyrics. These talented musicians draw on their extensive improvisational backgrounds to brew a smoldering concoction of genre defying music that's smoothly blended with just the right mixture of edge

Biography

Energy, soul, and passion are three words that describe Red Veda. Fronted by one steamy female vocalist, this six-piece, Minneapolis based band blurs the lines between rock, pop, and urban genres in a way that is both musically invigorating and delightfully fresh. Red Veda has a scorching line-up that delivers high-energy performances with incredible vocals, great musicianship, and a commanding stage presence.

Red Veda was founded in the spring of 2005 by Anthony Arrigo (now playing guitar after a stint behind the drum kit) who had moved from Pittsburgh PA, to the Twin Cities to finish a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

The members of Minneapolis, MN based Red Veda (none of whom are actual Twin Cities natives) draw on such geographical diversity as San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Trinidad to bring their distinctly un-Midwestern roots together with a shared love and respect for the old-school spirit of blues, jazz, and rock improvisation, and fuse this foundation with fresh musical ideas that borrow from funk, soul, latin, and more.

Red Veda's vision, however, goes beyond mere genre blending and instead looks to weave their honed improvisational ability with artful, catchy, and soulful songwriting.

Red Veda strives to push the envelope of the soul/R&B/funk/blues format by approaching it in their own way – one that's very hard to categorize. Plainly stated, Red Veda doesn't sound like other bands of their typically pigeon-holed genre, and because of that they are spreading excitement across a broad swath of younger music fans eager to hear the untapped capabilities of this kind of line-up. And, for fans of stellar musicianship, they continue to be an electrifying band to see live.

Achievements:

• Red Veda released "Perchance to Dream" in February of 2007 and sold over three hundred pre-release copies in January 2007

• The title track of Red Veda's December, 2005 debut EP "Crush" hit the CMJ top 200 adds chart at #9. Brandon Day from Tinderbox Music said about this effort: "This chart is really hard to hit, so I'm really excited to get you guys on there. This is really good bragging rights"

• Red Veda has been played on over 300 college radio stations around the country

• Red Veda has been selected for several national compilation CD’s

• Marsia Guerra was selected as top five vocalist for Singer Universe Magazine

• Red Veda continues to play throughout the Midwest United States.

• Red Veda has a strong web presence including outstanding website and myspace site (20,500+ song plays, 7,000+ friends), extensive e-mail fan list, digital distribution through itunes, Napster, Snocap, Burnlounge, CDbaby.com, and much more.

A full press kit is available for download in .pdf format on our website.
http://www.redveda.com

Also visit us on myspace and see what other people are saying about us.
http://myspace.com/redvedaband

Lyrics

Unconditional

Written By: Anthony Arrigo, Marsia Guerra

Verse 1
Fell on my knees
When I thought of you
How we used to be
Lovin life and living carefree
You had to go away
No holding back
What I miss now
Is the love we had, so good

Chorus:
Baby, yes ooohhh
A love that will stand the test of time
Lovin – You – Lovin
Won’t change my mind
About Lovin, Lovin, Lovin, you

Verse 2
Sometimes the memories
Take over my mind
Can’t believe that you’re gone baby
We gotta move on with our lives
But the love that we shared baby
Was so good to me
Time won’t bring you back to me
It’ll be better than it was before

Bridge:
But I gotta understand
Even though it’s hard
What you have to give now
Is the love that will stand the test of time

Chorus:
Baby, yes ooohhh
A love that will stand the test of time
Lovin – You – Lovin
Won’t change my mind
About Lovin, Lovin, Lovin, you

Chorus:
Baby yes, ooohhh
When you come back don’t you know that you’ll
Never, Never, Never….
I’ll never, ever let you go
Cause of the love I have for you

The Stronger

Written By: Anthony Arrigo

Verse 1

Why so headstrong
Are feelings over
Something’s so wrong
But you still deny

Would you have said it
If you had been sober
Now that its gone
You’re surprised… but…

Chorus 1
I have no regrets
I’m doing my best
What doesn’t kill me
Just makes me stronger
Just makes me stronger

Verse 2
What do you mean
Oh, don’t you remember
When this was my dream
That you despised

What has been lost
Was like good sweet clover
But, now that I’m gone
You realize… that…

Chorus 2
I have no regrets
I’m doing my best
What doesn’t kill me

Pre-Chorus1
Just makes me stronger,
Just makes me stronger...

Chorus 3
I’m doing my best
Don’t try to second guess
I know I’ve been blessed
And I’m stronger
And I’m stronger

Bridge
We must move on with our lives
One final time, then we’ll say our goodbyes
You should’ve read Thoreau
Such a long time ago
From the charity gained
We’d be stronger… but…

Chorus 4
I’m doing my best
Don’t try to second guess
I know I’ve been blessed

Pre-Chorus
And I’m stronger
And I’m stronger

Guitar Solo

Chorus
I’ve got to hold on
I’ve got to stay strong
What doesn’t kill me
Just makes me stronger
Just makes me stronger

What's The Crime?

Written By: Anthony Arrigo

Verse 1
More is more
And less is less
I know that sometimes you can’t…
You just can’t second guess

To you it’s a fairy tale
But to me it’s real
If you’re so sure, then lets
Spin the roulette wheel

Chorus 1
One more time, One more time, One more time
Won’t you try to tell me
What’s the crime, what’s the crime, what’s the crime
In needing you here?
By the time, By the time, By the time
You decide to come back

It gonna be far too late…

Verse 2
What about me?
Well what about you?
When you’re gone so long well…
What am I supposed to do?

I’ll take the pain
And you take the glory
But I’d like this once for you to
Tell – the whole – story

Chorus 2
One more time, One more time, One more time
Won’t you try to tell me
What’s the crime, what’s the crime, what’s the crime
In needing you here?
By the time, By the time, By the time
You decide to come back

It’s gonna
It’s gonna
It gonna be far too late – So…

Bridge
Time, tell me, why is that a crime
It’s the one thing that I know
Time, tell me, isn’t it sublime
Oh baby, it’s the one thing I can’t let go

Solo

Out vamp

Discography

"Crush" EP 2005
"Perchance To Dream" EP 2007
"Best of Indie" Moozikoo.com compilation 2007
"Groupies Suck Vol. 9" No Cover Music Magazine compilation CD (Los Angeles, CA, national distribution), 2007
"Music Heat Volume 2" compilation, 2007
"Indie Music For Life" compilation CD 2007
"Best of the Twin Cities" Rift Music Magazine compilation CD (Minneapolis, MN) 2007

Set List

We like to showcase our musicianship in live settings, drawing on the extensive jazz and improvisational music backgrounds of the band's members.

Sample of Originals:
1) Believe (upbeat and jammin')
2) Crazy Love (jazz/pop)
3) State of Mind (funk dance/house)
4) I know you better now (neo-soul/jazz)
5) He Said She Said (upbeat and jammin')
6) Unconditional (pop/blues ballad)
7) Bitch (upbeat dance/house)
8) Call me back (slow groovin' soul)
9) Like the first child (jazz/soul ballad)
10) The Stronger (blues)
11) Ex-pensive (latin dance/club - ends in samba jam)
12) What’s the Crime? (neo-soul/jazz)
13) New Jam (rockin')
14) Sweet Times (upbeat house/dance)
15) Revelations (upbeat and groovin')
16) You’re an All Star (upbeat and groovin')

Covers:
Super Duper Love (Joss Stone)
Sing a Simple Song (Sly & the Family)
Chank (John Scofield)
No Ordinary Love (Sade)
Sex God (Brand New Heavies)
Brother Sister (Brand New Heavies)
Summertime (funky version)