Verona Downs

Verona Downs

BandAlternativeRock

Seamlessly crossing styles in order to express diverse shades. Influenced by the fluid sounds of today's underground, while staying rooted in the song-based visions of Elliott Smith, Neil Finn, or Grant Lee Buffalo, Verona's rewarding songs linger on long after the listening experience is over.

Biography

Recently signed to Empyrean Records, The Light Reaction EP to be released this summer, Family Bed to follow.
Greg Jacobs started the group weeping in fits and starts in the early '90s, working with a revolving cast of musicians including Paula Kelley, Shawn Devlin (Helium), and Olivier Strauch (Instinct-era The Moles). In 1996 Ryan Veilleux answered an ad for a band looking for a "Motown meets My Bloody Valentine" kind of sound. While Ryan started out on bass, he soon was settling in on lead guitar, and the band started moving in a new direction. In 2000, after enlisting the solid beats of Michael Steigman, who they serendipitously met through a mutual friend who was a longtime fan of the band, the time for a name change was at hand, and Verona Downs was born. The band finally released its debut album, I Listen Thru All The Breaking Oceans in 2004, to wide critical acclaim. From the lush, dirge-y "Isn't That The Way" to the shimmering boy-girl pop of "Blue Noon," through the spacey yearning of "Feelers" and the lonely radiance of "Green Yellow Red," then ending with the robust nine-minute epic "Slow Fly," ILTATBO was a record that took listeners away and returned them nourished and altered. Shortly after the album and the departure of their former bassist/ backing vocalist, Lori Murphy, Verona Downs discovered ex-Permanent Vacation singer/songwriter from California, Meghan Barnes. The Verona men enlisted her on bass and back-up vocals, allowing the band to grow into a more fleshed-out and collaborative unit.

While strong enough to stand on its own, The Light Reaction EP is a glimpse of the brilliance that will be heard on Verona's upcoming highly anticipated concept album, Family Bed. Verona Downs seamlessly crosses styles and genres in order to express diverse shades. Influenced by the fluid sounds of today's underground, while staying rooted in the song-based visions of Elliott Smith, Neil Finn, or Grant Lee Buffalo, Verona's rewarding songs linger on long after the listening experience is over. The Family Bed title refers to the intricacies, trials, and experiences of both family life at home – including births, deaths, relationships and break-ups – as well as within the band itself, with its own intimate and family-like relationships, in the studio and on the stage.

Discography

FALL 06 FAMILY BED

08/06 THE LIGHT REACTION EP

01/04 I LISTEN THRU ALL THE BREAKING OCEANS

04/03 BLUE NOON CD SINGLE

05/02 FUZZ DEMO 2

04/00 FUZZ DEMO

Set List

Sample Set List:

Glass Ring
Loud is the Sound
Late Nite Phone Call
Start Fly
Feelers
Salma
Kissy Mouth
Separate Cabs
Clint is the Fun Blamemonster
Aerial View
Sick Bed

Sets: 35-45 min.
Songs: 100+ originals to choose from, plus occasional covers
Covers done: "Be Here Now" - George Harrison
"Come Back From San Francisco" - Magnetic Fields
"Sun King" - The Beatles