Happy September! Welcome to our (somewhat) new feature, Song Of The Week. Amazingly original title, we know, but titles like “Tunes For Boons” and “Riff Of The Hour” were even more silly to us. Essentially, this is where we choose the one song released in the past 7 days that’s really struck a chord (or in some cases, many more) with our listening ears. While there’s plenty of music available for the discerning listener, we’ve targeted the new single from rising rock band Vespera, “Phoenix Down”, as this week’s choice. Oh, and they even launched their first merch line!
Having released 6 singles in just under two years – each seemingly more expansive than the last – Los Angeles rock band Vespera are easily one of our favorite bands right now. Effortlessly combining various subgenres of rock and metal into something thought-provoking, the band’s newest single, “Sleepless”, is one of their most interesting to date.
The song also features some of their best guitar work to date, and guitarist Cairn Tse-Lalonde seems to make it look effortless in the new guitar playthrough for “Sleepless”. Combining melodic and heavy styles isn’t an easy thing to do, but it’s done very well here. The band’s long-awaited debut album, The Thoughts That Plague You, drops sometime in 2019 – so fans of forward-thinking rock music will want to pay attention.
Having unleashed a string of strikingly cinematic videos and diverse songs to match in the last 18 months, alternative metal newcomers Vespera are well on their way to becoming a household name in the music industry. Through a handful of singles like “Bloom”, “Obsidian Dreams”, and “Deafening, Dissonant”, the heavy rock outfit manages to channel everyone from the melodic alt-metal of Deftones, to the more modern rock stylings of mid-period 10 Years. However, the young band manages to punch far above their expected weight, musically speaking. There’s a real emotional depth in this band’s songs that speaks to the listener, whether it’s topics like suicide or emotional abuse.
With 4 singles under their belt and Spotify streams approaching the one million mark, alternative metal band Vespera aren’t your average new band. No, their introduction to the world has come in the form of multiple cinematic videos, buoyed by a comforting and familiar sound that meshes together multiple rock and metal subgenres to create something very special.
The band is back with arguably their best song to date, the riff-heavy yet melodic “Deafening, Dissonant”. Color us continually impressed by what this young band is doing – it’s only a matter of time until their debut record, The Thoughts That Plague You, releases. Vocalist Jonathan Wolfe puts on one of his best vocal performances to date, and the thunderous, cracking drums of Jonathan Schwartz serve as a highlight as well.