Kansas City, Mo.'s indie-alternative quartet, Veda, will be releasing their new album The Weight of an Empty Room July 26th on Second Nature Recordings. Vocalist Kristin May channels the likes of Rilo Kiley, while the band could evoke a wide range of comparisons. The band, which has only been together for a year, has taken off quickly with the local and national scene, drawing lots of attention and acclaim. Veda will be on tour with Dredg through September, and then hit the road again with Thrice during the October-November months.
Only a year into their existence, Veda has not only built a fervid underground following, but they've crafted a wholly unique sound that is as equally rapturous as it is leveling. Kristen May's charmingly colossal voice navigates a musical ship riveted together by its stunning melodic qualities and powered by its anthemic passion. Brian Little's guitar lines lie somewhere between U2 and Elliot while the rhythm section of Jason Douglas and Drew Little is reminiscent of the infamous Will Goldsmith/Nate Mendel anchor of Sunny Day Real Estate. Musical prowess alone, however, is nothing without the work ethic to give up the comfort and security of home to jump in a van and hit the road. So far in the first part of 2005 alone they've toured the US four times and are looking at a full schedule for the remainder of the year.
Check out Veda's homepage and myspace links to hear tracks from The Weight of an Empty Room.