If you find us somewhere in the world and ask for our band recommendations, or even a top five, you will definitely hear the name Veins. They hearken back to the golden days of grunge music with a modern musicality and aggression stemming from the battle for democracy that was the southern province of Korea in the 80s. Lead singer and songwriter Yu Hee (Bibi) seems to approach music with the urgency of the greats and lets the sound and emotion pour out of her with raw abandon.
Years of incredible music and shows have finally brought the band to a new stage of creation and the first morsels of new rock came out just about a month or so back. I had the truly incredible experience of helping out with the lyrics, as an English teacher with the best luck in the world, so I'll admit some partiality with my thoughts on this single. That being said, as a fan, the wait for new music has been near torture, but well worth it! There are two new tracks on this release, with the title track, "Here and Now," as the B-side and the special treat A-side is "What Kills Me." Most notable from the moment you press play is the subtle darkness that pervades this track. What Kills Me is a surging, melancholy, slow rock song with a catchy, dirgy hook that hits me in the back and has me singing along almost instantly. The main guitar lines sit at the front of the background, or the back of the foreground, while the lead lines mirror Bibi's pensive lyrics. All with subdued yet present drums and a bass line that softly carries it all along. The mixing, particularly with this song, is perfection and allows each element to ring through and take the listener on a thoughtful ride through the music. Here and Now, on the other hand, jumps in quickly with lead riffs and simple yet punchy drums. The bass line that runs through the verses is just the right amount of crunchy to help highlight Bibi's musings. Cut to the chorus with its straight-ahead rock energy and addictive personality. More than the rhythms and general rock and roll vibe of this track, the message in the lyrics hits home for me and helps this single conclude with power in the music, and a smile on my face.
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We've still got a while to wait for the rest of the album, but this is a perfect treat for now! Check it out and buy the single here, and get to know the band here. And let us know what you think! And while you're at it, subscribe to their YouTube channel!
~Keep on RoKing my friends!~