Verra Cruz

Verra Cruz

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Verra Cruz are a hard-rocking blues trio originally from St Albans, UK. Frontman Marc was described by Kerrang! magazine as a 'gravel throated bluesman' and wields a 1930's lapsteel guitar driven hard through a Mesa combo while Jimmy & Henry underpin the sound with a thunderous rhythm section.

Biography

Frontman Marc James met drummer Jimmy Cooke at their local music haunt The Horn of Plenty in January '95 in St Albans, UK. Inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine, they formed a musical alliance that is now in its fourteenth year. Henry Cross completed the final line-up on bass in March 2007.

Back in September 2003 they launched Verra Cruz with the Soul Collides EP. Two singles followed produced by Jason Corsaro best known for engineering Soundgarden's Superunknown album, and Soul Collides received spins on LA's KROQ and UK's Radio 1. In July 2006 they released their long-awaited debut album 'Emancipation Day' on UK independent Fierce!.

After supporting Switchfoot on their European tour in 2007, they self-produced their second record 'Innocence' releasing it once again through Fierce! in April 2008. The band opened the Gibson Stage at Download Festival in June 2008 and spent much of 2009 back in the studio working on new material with acclaimed German producer Udo Rinklin. They also performed a headline showcase at the notorious Aqua club in Berlin in October with a view to building on their growing fanbase in Germany. Wanting to push themselves harder than ever before in the studio the band are working hard on writing for their third album which will begin production in 2010.

Discography

Soul Collides EP (Crazeltown) - September 03
Soul Collides, UK single (Crazeltown) - July 04
Corner of My Mind, UK single (Crazeltown) - November 04
Guns In The Distance, UK single (Fierce!) - June 06
Emancipation Day, debut album (Fierce!) - July 06
Not In The Fire/She Don't Want Him, double A-side UK single (Fierce!) - August 08
Innocence, album (Fierce!) - August 08

Set List

Set lengths vary depending on the gig but can be anything from 25 mins - 1 hour 15 mins long. All material is original. A typical set might be:

Not In The Fire
Freedom
Hell Hound
How Long For This World
Come Alive
The World Is Crashing In
Put The Weapon Down
Rock And A Hard Place
Strange Food
Soul Collides