The Vestals

The Vestals

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Audience-captivating Beatles-influenced rock with hauntingly beatiful vocals and harmonies. At times sarcastic, dark and witty; at others catchy straight-forward pop. Reminiscent of Ben Folds Five, Rufus Wainwright and The Decemberists.

Biography

"Brotherly love and competition" could be considered the motto for this dreamy rock quartet. Raised in a musically nurturing household, brothers Ben and Jeremy Gordon developed their songwriting skills at ripe young ages. This soon became a catalytic source of competition and they feverishly developed their individual styles, but both were vindicated by separately making the finalist round at the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Together they’ve honed their skills, challenged each other, and mixed their different sounds through several projects over the years, finally cumulating in the formation of The Vestals in 2003. Jeremy and Ben soon perfected the line-up by adding Mario Garza on drums and Mark Weigel on bass.
To categorize their sound, one would have to jump musical ages and genres from the 1920’s all the way through today’s prominent singer-songwriters like Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright. Some artists can say that they are influenced by the Beatles or Elvis Costello, but with The Vestals you can actually hear their true essence in the foundation of the song structure and the brothers’ mesmerizing harmonies. Their sometimes dark lyrics are masked within a delicious pop framework that attaches to readily notable roots, but somehow never quite follows the often mundane catchy pop formula. Yet each one of their songs remains just that - a catchy pop tune. Although only their first label release, this album packs a full punch of memorable songs that will leave your player on “replay” and leave you humming the tunes long after they’ve stopped.

The Vestals have spent the first half of 2004 swooning the Minnesota music scene and beyond, winning over critics and fans alike. They celebrated a #14 ranking on the CMJ top 20 adds in April 2004. Soon thereafter, they debuted at #145 on the CMJ top 200 charts and have been played on over 150 stations nation-wide. With radio, television and festival appearances already under their belt, the remaining six months of 2004 will see The Vestals touring the U.S. with hopes of captivating crowds nationally as much as the Midwest.

Discography

The Vestals - "The Vestals" S/T Debut, Warming House Records 2004

Spinning on over 150 college radio stations nationwide.