Vera Grace - 'Novella' EP (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Friday, 25 September 2015 03:20

veragraceecover300Oxfordshire quintet Vera Grace return with their new EP and it's one that "follows a story, winding its way through the scenes. Losing faith, heinous crimes and murder..."


So basically it's a concept album... but I'm guessing that's never as cool saying it out loud, is it?


This isn't really a bad 20 minutes of music but it's not the easiest thing to listen to with Stephen Nulty's vocals in particular being an occasional irritant that doesn't always compliment the music that it accompanies - it's full-on screaming that makes Feed The Rhino sound like pop metal!


The music ebbs and flows and is very arty and often you feel that it needs a lighter touch on the vocals to really bring it to the fore - It's no surprise to learn that outside of the band, Stephen Nulty studies fine art - and the limited editions of the physical CDs reflect this obvious love.


The tracks are not songs in the old fashioned sense of the word - feedback, echoes and atmosphere are the call of the day - and it's those exact elements that replace the basis of chorus, verse, bridge, etc, but I'm guessing that's just modern art. You'll either love it, hate it or just simply not be bothered by it.


The band have shared the stage with many bands including the aforementioned FTR, 36 Crazyfists and Devil Sold His Soul and are hoping to elevate their gigging presence this year so it will be very interesting to see how they recreate this palate of music oils to the canvas.


It's an interesting idea within this genre of music and one that should be heralded as simply not being the same regurgitated crap that keeps flowing forth, but whether it's been a success is a matter of opinion.


To pick up your copy of 'Novella' - CLICK HERE