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"Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Balzer lit the place on fire with his searing vocals and impressive showmanship. Verona Red's sense of humor couldn’t be mistaken, and for the first time in a while, it was a breath of fresh air to see a band so jolly and happy, ego-free and friendly, but who could also play some fantastic music...Bluesy, sultry, rocking, and overall awesome, Verona Red made a statement for the masses. When it comes to bands kicking ass, only the truth comes out, and Verona Red is the best Chicago band you must hear, Faithful Reader, hands down."
-Consequence of Sound

Verona Red creates a "dark, yet uplifting, bluesy sound that is both nostalgic and cutting-edge." At their live shows, "expect to witness a grossly satisfying night of live music that's sure to be high in energy, talent, and pure entertainment."
-Zaptown Magazine

"It's rare to get actual twists and turns in indie rock these days (other than the contrived pre-determined ones of twisty turny-core bands), so hearing this band shift gears between hard, slinky, bouncy, ominous, rootsy, and points in between is refreshing."
-Roctober Magazine

"You don't expect a totally familiar vibe from a band you've never heard before, but there it was. With warm guitar, a well-pounded tambourine, and bongo drums laid over the full percussion, Verona Red played a set that I felt a high-school-music affection for. Lead singer Chris Balzer danced in a way that made his music seem as if it came up from the shoes of his soul. Anyone who hasn't seen this local Chicago band is missing out."
-Consequence of Sound

"There is high octane intensity that is physically undeniable in Verona Red's new wave explication. But, the kicker would have to be their ability to blend musical crafts without having created a noticeably biased opinion of what good time rock and roll should sound like."

"Rock that genuinely warrants a hearty grassroots fan base... a winning combination of saloon sing-along and driving pop with a refreshing shadowy heart."
-The Daily Herald

"Well-written, driving indie rock that is almost as dancey as it is smart. In a world where most bands want to sound like some other stagnant band, this is refreshing."
-Housecall Entertainment

"Their live shows are energetic, fun and exciting. Anything to loosen up the crowd seems to be well within bounds, although their main objective is clearly to get you to dance."
-Chicago Innerview

Verona Red's January 2010 Chicago show was highlighted in the Chicago Redeye paper as a Metromix Top Show recommendation, alongside Lady Gaga, Butch Walker and My Gold Mask.

Verona Red ranked #69 of top 300 most popular bands in Chicago, July 2010! (Other artists on the list included Kanye, Wilco, Lupe Fiasco, The Smith Westerns, Ok Go, Hey Champ, The Hood Internet, and Maps & Atlases)
–Chicago Deli Magazine

“Their sense of humor couldn’t be mistaken, and for the first time in a while, it was a breath of fresh air to see a band so jolly and happy, ego-free and friendly, but who could also play some fantastic music.”
–Consequence of Sound

“In essence, Verona Red is carving a niche within the alternative rock genre with this new album. This is the album to add to your 2008 collection.”
–Fearless Radio

“Red Hot Kaiser Killers! … They have something original because they sound like a combination of styles that shouldn't really work but somehow does.”
-The Reality Podcast

“Dancing music! I bopped from one end of the house to the other when Hesitations and Clich├ęs started blasting.”
-The Reality Podcast

“The vocals are brilliant; Crash Test Dummies on speed? I love the sound. I love the simplicity - and can appreciate how much effort goes in to making something sound simple.”
-The Reality Podcast

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