When confronted with people who constantly put us down and damage our self-worth, it can easily chip away and whittle down our resolve to basically nothing. Pardon the Pokemon references, but these constant damaging attacks can at best cripple our ability to create and/or function – and at worst, knock us out. In the challenging and uncertain times we face, standing up for yourself is a necessary act of defiance – lest you get trampled by those that would seek to take you for granted.
For Vespera frontman Casval Wolfe, he knows all too well the struggles of dealing with overbearing and egotistical personalities. Having toured with bands like Falling In Reverse and Dayshell over the years, it wasn’t until a few years ago that he decided to strike out with his own band. Given Wolfe’s experiences with those bands, the song might well be a cleverly referencing song about some of the egotistical vocalists in the scene as much as it could be applied to the everyday person stuck in a toxic relationship.
Luckily for music fans, those initial struggles were but a prelude to one of music’s more interesting bands right now. Combining a strong audio-visual component with accessible, yet intricate music that straddles the lines between rock, metal, and progressive, what Vespera is doing is intriguing indeed. The band’s new single, “Gossamer”, confronts the people who would bring us down in a very direct way – and the visual portion of the song – directed by Jon Vulpine – is also an important watch. Be warned – it contains sensitive images and visuals.
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.