Tour Day 3 Recap: The Basement (Nashville, TN) - 2.27.2011

It’s true what they say about Nashville, it’s the city of music. Everyone is in a band, and I’ve never seen a Sunday night turnout like that in any city we’ve played in before.

So fun.

Props to Max and the Wild Things, Newmatic and Starlume. Each band played a fantastic set. This was one of the best bills we’ve been a part of on this tour so far.

Also plenty of folks at The Basement in Nashville were really welcoming despite the fact that we might bet starting to smell a bit.

Last night we slept at a rest stop off of I-65 in Shepardsville, KY. It was 71 degrees which was amazing to sleep in with the windows open. We closed house (van) at 4 AM to insane winds and rain which pounded our van the rest of the early morning.  It was half relaxing, and the tornado sirens made it half-terrifying too. We decided that if we did get picked up by a tornado we would try to steer it to Newport, KY, and just be happy that we saved on gas.

This morning we awoke to wet feet and blankets (fingers crossed our gear still works) and then got on the road to Newport after a quick stop at Wendy’s. We hit a huge traffic jam, got off, and took another AMAZINGLY cool scenic route. Got some great footage that should work well in our post-tour vid wrap-up.

We’re about thirty minutes away from the Southgate House in KY. Just popping over the hill to the Cinci skyline!


Tour Day 2 Recap: Rhino's (Bloomington, IN) 2/26/2011

It's day three and we are riding in the van right now on the way to Nashville. The Garmin is taking us on a VERY scenic route. We haven’t seen a human being in 1.5 hours. Lots of dogs and cows and a sign for a place called Cox's Smokes. Not sure who owns these animals or awesomely named smoke shops…but they're here and they are pretty fun to look at.

Last night in Bloomington at Rhino’s was the balls, the kind you hope you’ll never forget. I got hit with my first pair of panties on stage and they smelled like sweet promise that brought tears to my eyes. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BLOOMINGTON "VERONA FREDS" who came to see us, especially to those of you who came out two nights in a row!

We played with an awesome band called Hard Candy Hearts. Their sound reminded me of getting hit by an old rusty locomotive made of swampy rock and roll sunshine.

Originally we decided it would be a good idea to take it easy and call it an early night since we had a place to crash…maybe some Parcheesi if we were feeling dangerous.

But even the best laid plans eventually go awry.

We have lots more pics and vids that I need to steal from other people's cameras/Facebook accounts... can't wait to see them...these really don't do justice the happenings of the night.

Thank you Jeania, Wendy and Heather for putting us up and feeding us!

Tonight we’ll be at The Basement in Nashville. This is actually my first time in Nashville, so I’m especially pumped to be here tonight. My phone is semi-working now (apparently at Sprint they can give you a new phone but not a new battery to go with it?)…so there is a chance there could be pics posted on the fly….otherwise you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow.


Tour Day 1 Recap: Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN) 2.25.2011

Well we all survived day one of the tour. Still working out how we're packing the van at the end of each night and pooping in the woods, but so far so good. Only one casuality so far...and it was the keyboard on our computer. Something fell on it during our set.

Oh well I guess it builds character.

The show was a blast. We had two bands drop at the last minute, but everything worked out. Huge props to Phyllis who stepped up and played a great set to open the show.

Big thanks to all or Bloomington and Indy fans who came out to see us last night, espeically to Kris Murphy who joined us on stage for Long Neck Deep Curves to play some mean blues harp as you can see in the pic at the top of the page.

Also, I have to apologize for my lack of tweeting and picture posting thus far on the tour. My phone has lost the ability to hold a charge for more than 2 mins at a time (counting on the Sprint store folks in Bloomington, IN right now to set me up with a new one.... come on insurance protection plan..I know I pay $7 a month for you for some reason...)

If I had a chance I would have tweeted some pics of a lot of the cool record stores we checked out in Broad Ripple and downtown Indy. If you ever get a chance stop into Indy CD and Vinyl in Broad Ripple and make sure to say high to Annie behind the counter. Super cool place, super nice people, and apparently we just missed the guys from Cage the Elephant who were playing next door at the Vogue.

Anyway, it's time to go. Tony is getting stiff and he has asked me to show him some neck stretches. I will use all my Tony Horton learnings to help him out. Then it's off to Rhino's in Bloomington!

Click HERE for full details on that and all other upcoming shows and stay tuned for more pics and more show updates daily.


First 2011 Tour Dates Announced!

 2011 Pound Record Release Tour Is Underway!

...With more dates coming soon!

The first 2011 tour dates are laid out nicely for your reading pleasure below! The whole shebang kicks off this Friday!  Click HERE for full details on any of the shows listed below (including maps!).

Fri Feb 25 - Indianapolis, IN
Melody Inn
3826 N Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN USA
Doors: 10:00pm
Age Range: 18+
Ticket Price: $5.00 USD
Special Guests: Dead Beats, Phyllis, Sex Before Marriage

Sat Feb 26 - Bloomington, IN
Rhino's Youth Center
331 S Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN USA
Doors: 8:00pm
Age Range: All Ages
Ticket Price: $5.00 USD
Special Guests: Outdoor Valour, Hard Candy Hearts

Sun Feb 27 - Nashville, TN
The Basement
1604 8th Ave. S
Nashville, TN USA
Doors: 8:00pm
Age Range: 18+
Ticket Price: $5.00
Special Guests: Newmatic, Max and the Wild Things, Starlume

Mon Feb 28 - Newport, KY
Southgate House
24 East 3rd Street
Newport, KY USA
Doors: 9:00pm
Age Range: 21+
Ticket Price: $5 (21+) & $8 (18-20)
Special Guests: Plastic Inevitables, Loudmouth, The Static Vessels

Tue Mar 1 - Columbus, OH
The Treehouse
887 Chambers Road
Columbus, OH USA
Doors: 9:00pm
Age Range: 18+
Ticket Price: $5.00 USD
Special Guests: The Seasonal Help, Gelatinus Cube, Matte Black Silhouette

Wed Mar 2 - Pittsburgh, PA
Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Doors: 8:00pm
Age Range: All Ages
Ticket Price: $5.00 USD
Special Guests: Wine and Spirit, Boulevard of Allies

Thu Mar 3 - Philadelphia, PA
The Fire
412 W Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA USA
Doors: 9:00pm
Age Range: 18+
Ticket Price: $7.00 USD
Special Guests: El Fuego, Man Like Machine, New Collisions

Sat Mar 5 - New York, NY
The Bitter End
147 Bleecker St.
New York, NY USA
Doors: 12:00pm
Age Range: 18+
Ticket Price: $10.00 USD
Special Guests: The Glorious Veins

Can't wait to get on the road and see many of you again!  If your city isn't listed above, stay tuned for more tour updates in the upcoming weeks.  We'll be adding a number of cities to the spring tour in late March and April.


The Perfect Valentine's Gift

That's right.  Our new record Pound just went live on I-tunes. Click HERE to check it out!

Happy V-Day bitches!


More Oscillating Wavy Goodness

Just got word that UIC Radio is going to be playing some new tracks off of Pound on their LMC Radio (Local Music Chicago) program airing from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM this Sunday afternoon.

You can stream the feed HERE!

Don't forget to tune in this Sunday!  Andres and Christina will be serving hot jams starting at 4 PM!


Ain't My Shit The Chronic? Survey Says... YES!

Steve Harvey asks..."Name, something that gets passed around?"

Amazing how quick this guy jumps on it with no reservations...

"Weedhead?" Come on Steve Harvey...

This was actually a new twist for the Feud, which has been much more heavily focused on dick jokes as of late.  I guess variety is the spice of life...good work on changing it up here.

I kinda wonder how Ray Combs would have handled it?

Ahh simpler times.

Props to Joe "dollar bill ya'll" Wilson for sending.


Crescent Fresh

This sweet video popped up on the Verona Red Facebook page yesterday. It was such a cool surprise to find this post on the Monday morning after our record release weekend.

The video was posted by Phil Seratorre, bassist from the power pop good-times Chicago band Farraday, and generally awesome dude. We were stoked that he would use our new song, Gimme Back, for his snowboard/bike video!

Check it out, Philz got skilz.

If you like the track check out our Bandcamp page HERE

Thanks again Phil!  You can catch Phil and, Farraday at Cubby Bear Wrigleyville for their free show on Friday March 4. Full details HERE! Great people, great vocals, great energy... check it out!

P.S. We love stuff like this.  Keep it coming peoples!



To all of you who came out, braved the post snow-pacolytipc world, fought for parking and seats on the public transportation and trudged through the sometimes yellow snow to join us for the release of our new record, Pound. this past Friday night at Subterranean in Chicago......... THANK YOU!

It means so much to us to be able to share that with you.  For us the night felt like the kind of party that you hope will never end.

Right off the bat The Rails had us all singing and doing our best attempts at M.J. dance moves backstage.  We were all blown away by Michael Pineada's pipes!

Bully in The Hallway....well there really isn't enough good things I can say about them.  Not only are they all really cool people, but they put on a hell of a show.  There's this kind of unruly energy that is so refreshing about them.  I was so stoked they could be on the bill.  It's been way too long since we've done a show together!

Here's some pictures and a few more thank you's to recap the night!  For some of you, this might help put some of the blurrier spots back together :) 

Thank you Bethany Thomas!

Thank You to Our Fantastic Horn Players (Ethan, Alex and Eric)

Thank You to Arman Fathi For Sitting Like Adam and Tinkling Those Keys

What's next?  

Well, for all you fans of digital downloads, our new record, Pound, just went up for sale on our Bandcamp site, right HERE.

It should be up on other digital sources like I-tunes, Napster and Rhapsody very shortly!

For you physical album lovers, you can now purchase a hard-copy of the record on CD Baby by clicking HERE!

The good times are just beginning, stay tuned for more hot and steamy updates!



We Ready...We Ready... Weeeeee Ready... For Yall....

Tonight's the night!!!  Kick mother nature in the balls, and come join us at Subterranean (2011 West North Ave.) for our record release party!

Verona Red (http://www.myspace.com/veronared)
Bully in The Hallway (http://www.myspace.com/bullyinthehallway)
The Rails (http://www.myspace.com/therailschicago)

Doors at 9:00 PM
17+ Show
Visit (www.subt.net) for advanced tickets (Recommended!)

We are so excited to share this new music with you!

Here's some of what Reviewsic (a super-cool blog) had to say in their review of the new record, Pound yesterday.

• The infectious EP is chock full of rollicking tunes that make us want to shimmy, shake, jump, jive and create a general ruckus.
• Pound caught our attention in the first five seconds of its opening track and continued to hold on to it through the very end.
• We’d gamble our entire savings account on this band putting on an awesome live show.

Thanks Reviewsic!

To read more of the review, AND to read Verona Red's 12-question interview with Reviewsic, click HERE.

Well you don't need to bring your life savings... just enough to get in, plus your ears and your dancing shoes! We've been waiting for this night for the last 7 months, I can hardly contain myself... might want to bring a poncho!

See you tonight!


Snowmaggedon Stealing Our Thunder? & Verona Red Live On Fearless Radio Tomorrow!

Governor Pat Quinn declares the entire state of Illinois a "weather disaster"?!

WTF weather!?  What the hell is a snowmageddon?

Where do you get off trying to rock the city right before our record release?!?!?   It's like "oh hey there goes that old man winter again.. getting all up in my face trying to prove himself, pounding our city with his 20 inch snowboner"

I can only assume that mother nature feels threatened.  Or perhaps the gods are unhappy about the unruly degree of rockage that we're about to unload on the city of Chicago this Friday night at Subterranean with our friends Bully In The Hallway and The Rails.

I've spoken of similar kinds of rock and roll apocalypse surrounding our shows in the past... however it seems this time it may be serious.... anyway if there is a tomorrow I've got good news for you....

We're going to be live on-air at Fearless Radio during the Hank and Cat morning show at 10 AM.  Here's the link to listen.  We're really excited to hang out with the folks from Fearless and are keeping our fingers crossed that we don't get blown out into the lake on our way there.

Finally, thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Deli's Emerging Artist of The Year poll.  We finished 8 out of 37 nominees.  Although we didn't win in quantity of votes I do believe we certainly won in quality of votes.  You guys are the best, thanks!

Check out the results here!

UPDATE: Due to impending snowpocolypse Verona Red's on-air appearance at Fearless Radio originally scheduled for tomorrow morning has been postponed to a later date...looks like round one goes to you old man winter dong.