For hometown pop-punk outfit Veara, their days of small, DIY tours and playing in front of 20 people have to come to an end. Last week, the band signed a deal with Epitaph Records, an L.A.-based record label founded by Brett Gurewitz, guitarist of pioneering punk band Bad Religion.
An announcement for the release date of their new record, “What We Left Behind,” will be made March 30.
“It’s seriously a dream come true. I listen to a lot of bands, and a lot of my favorite records are Epitaph releases and now being a part of that is so surreal,” said guitarist and vocalist Patrick Bambrick.
It all started last year when Bambrick met a representative from Epitaph at Bambooozle, a music festival the band was playing in New Jersey. The Epitaph representative ended up flying to Augusta to see the band perform with A Day to Remember at Club Hollywood. After the label got hold of their demos, Bambrick got a phone call from Gurewitz himself, and the band was on their way.
But even after the label was interested in the band, whose members include Bradley Wyrosdick, Bryan Kerr and Brittany Harrell, they still had to come up with a few more songs. And Bambrick admits Veara’s sound has changed since their first release, “The Walls Have Ears.”
“On the first record, the way that record went stylistically was kind of just all over the place because [those were] songs we had written just out of high school and we were just figuring out how to be a band,” he said. “On the new record, we just took one of the styles from one song off ‘The Walls Have Ears’ called getting ‘Kicked in the Face Has Never Been So Much Fun’ and kind of took that style.”
Bambrick said the new sound is along the lines of bands like New Found Glory and Four Years Strong.
Veara doesn’t just have a new release to look forward to, they also have a tour coming up with A Day to Remember, playing venues such as the Electric Factory in Philadelphia and the House of Blues in Chicago, as well as playing a couple of dates in Canada. An added bonus: seven of the shows have already sold out.
“I’m really looking forward to playing those huge rooms and getting to show our music to 2,000 people that have never heard it before,” Bambrick said.
And what better place to kick off their tour than right here at home. The band hasn’t played in Augusta since that fateful date at Club Hollywood, and looks forward to performing their brand-new material in front of an audience.
“Playing in front of all our friends and people that have been faithful over the years coming out to Veara shows, it will be really cool to just play for them,” he said. “A local band that’s now an Epitaph artist, it’s just exciting to do that.”
Veara w/ The Wonder Years, The Awkward Romance, Latin for Truth, 11 Spirits and xACUTEx