To be perfectly honest, ordinarily we’d run a thousands miles in the opposite direction where the words “indie rock” are involved, but in this case, we’re making an exception. Why? Because a) this band gives good tune and b) their latest single ‘Bones And Arrows’ (which isn’t all heavy guitars and the like) is available as a free download (HERE). So ladies and gents, Get To Know… Vernas Keep.
01. Band name : Vernas Keep
02. Where are you based? Byron Bay
03. How did you choose your band name? It came down to the power of numbers. Numerologically this name is as powerful as George Clooney or Craig David, can’t deny that.
04. Who are your members? Kyle Lionhart (the Lovely) – front vocals & guitar; Joel McNamara (the Irreverent) – back vocals & guitar; Eben McCrimmon (the Dad Joke) – back vocals, keys & bass; Joe Brisick (the Milk) – drums & back vocals one day.
05. How was the band formed? Kyle, Eben & Joel met first through a series of various mutual friends. They each had a desire to be in a boy band & luckily they played the perfect combination of complementing instruments, all they needed now was a drummer. After casually auditioning half-a-bakers-dozen, they fell for Joe. His milk was far too funky.
06. In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? We’re still pretty fresh so there hasn’t been much, if any, change. If anything we’re still working on our sound. It’s only a matter of months till we release our debut EP. From there we can begin to judge.
07. Tell us a little bit about your sound. Like most bands these days, our list of influences is fairly ludicrous – Ben Howard to Rage Against The Machine, Robert Johnson to London Grammar, Miles Davis to The Roots have all played a role in shaping us separately. Collectively however, our sound could be described as delicate ethereal moments to enveloping sonic walls, or something sweet with something funky, either either.
08. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? Kyle : Jeff Buckley ‘Dream Brother’, Ben Harper ‘When She Believes’, The Police ‘De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da’. Eben : Elbow ‘My Very Best’, Alberta Cross ‘Broken Side Of Time’, Janes Addiction ‘Then She Did’. Joe : TZU ‘The Horse You Rode In On’, Rage Against The Machine ‘Bullet In The Head’, Tedeschi Trucks Band ‘Midnight In Harlem’. Joel : Craig David ‘7 Days’, The Vapors ‘Turning Japanese’, Sinead O’Connor ‘Nothing Compares 2U’. We would like to note that there are many many many more songs from many other genres that we also love and would call favourites, however for the sake of keeping this answer we tried for 3 each. It was tough… especially for Joel.
09. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Bones And Arrows’ grew out of a tuning that Joel invented all on his own. After many months of trial and mainly error, Joel stumbled upon this riff by the dirt from gardens previous under his fingernails and the sweat dripping from his earlobes. Apprehensive to let it out, he cautiously brought it to the band in a padded velour box. But once he did oh how it resonated (HA!!) with the boys. From there we heavily sampled some James Brown drums, scribbled some words on the backside of an old Old El Paso MexiBean can label and procured some funky milk. The rest is audibly subjective.
10. What do your future plans involve? We’d love to tour some, play some festivals and record a few bangin’ tracks, but most of all if we can make some people stop and listen, smile or cry, and have a mean boogie then I think we can consider the band a success.
11. Where can our audience catch you live? In March we’ll be touring our latest single Bones and Arrows. You can catch us at the following venues;
March 13 – The Great Northern, Byron Bay
March 14 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
March 18 – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney
March 20 – Rad, Wollongong