Velah

Velah

 Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Velah creates atmospheric sonic landscapes that coalesce around ardent melodies and introspective themes.Formed in the last days of 2011, the band dismantles and reassembles elements of noise-pop, shoegaze, and post-punk with shimmering guitars, lush synths, and a thunderous rhythm section.

Biography

Velah creates atmospheric sonic landscapes that coalesce around ardent melodies and introspective themes.

Formed in the last days of 2011, the new project from Jen Johnson, Mike Latulippe, Daniel McNair and Nick Murphy dismantles and reassembles elements of noise-pop, shoegaze, and post-punk with shimmering guitars, lush synths, and a thunderous rhythm section.

Both their live shows and first EP, Black Olympia, (released in May 2012), have earned the band critical praise. Black Olympia was followed up by a 7” single called Skeleton House / Rose Wave, which was premiered by Paste Magazine in August 2012.

"If you took a prima donna, handed her a Gibson, brought her up onstage alongside three guys with a fever for reverb and gave them the green light to wrangle their inner demons before an audience, you’d get Velah. The Bostonian rock quartet works in shades, in that their dramatic delivery comes from an acute understanding of the power of pianissimo and forte. This is best exemplified by a strident riff cutting through a cinematic breakdown as well as the gospel according to Jen Johnson’s otherworldly pipes.

Velah’s songs are four-minute sojourns that carry the weight of a symphony blasting through a single guitar amp."
- Paste Magazine

“Let’s say they delivered indie-to-break-furniture-to with a splash of second-wave emo culminating in a astral-scraping chord-smashing freak out of gargantuan intensity. It would’ve saved them some effort if they had just told everybody “Hi. We will be a big deal in six months,” but that wouldn’t have been as much fun for us.”
- The Boston Phoenix

“I don’t know where Black Olympia is, but it must be some pinnacle of power and honesty…The album as a whole is a cathartic work, with its combination of haunting riffs and striking vocals so dense that it sticks with you long after you put down your headphones. Velah burns with emotion.”
- DigBoston

Discography

Skeleton House 7" Single - 2012
Black Olympia EP - 2012