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"Dallas Observer Brief"

"How Denton’s Veloura manages to pick the best pieces of ’70s rock (the unironic radio kind, not the hipster-approved Cars kind) and combine it with original modern flourishes -- and not sound like a quartet of douche bags -- is anyone’s guess. We think, though, it’s got something to do with smart songwriting, unexpected breaks and song dynamics, and knowing how to avoid overdoing it." - the Dallas Observer - Stuart Folb


Safe and Sorry - 2008



"When we needed a drummer for our new project, Josh was the only guy we knew who could handle the job," recalls guitarist Wyn Gregory. "He said no." Despite the answer, the drummer-less trio that would be Veloura went home and recorded a demo called "Want" with synthesized drums and sent it to Josh. "He called me later that night and said he was in." Since then, Veloura has been jumping rungs on the DFW live music scene as a weekend headliner as well as a reliable opening act for popular acts around the state.

In December of 2007, Veloura ventured to Houston to record with producer MD Thompson. Sleeping on the floor of the then unfinished studio, the band spent a full week of fourteen hour days recording their debut EP "Safe and Sorry." The result was seven songs that blend aspects of the Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World and Texas legends, Recover.

Safe and Sorry features tracks like "Tallest Man Alive," about the contrast between dreams and life's responsibilities, while "Nevada" discusses a hesitant decision to move on. The EP's final song, "Development" is Veloura's most intricate achievement to date, featuring dense layers of cellos and bells as it builds towards it's massive conclusion. "We wanted the record to sound authentic, not overproduced to the point that it loses it's energy," says vocalists and bassist Paul Whitney.

Veloura played to a sold out club when they released Safe and Sorry on April 11, 2008. These days, the guys are busy playing well-attended venues around Texas and obsessively writing new material. "If you're not challenging yourself, you're sort of wasting your time," says lead guitarist Colin Laflin. So far, Veloura hasn't wasted a second as far as the band's drummer Josh Cavender is concerned. "After such a short year, people scream the lyrics to "Want" at our shows. It's exciting. This next year should be amazing."