Veara
What We Left Behind


3.5
great

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
May 20th, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just in time for the season

Summer’s here, and as was the case recently with years past, it almost seems like pop-punk is now more relevant to listen to than it was in the other seasons. Not to discredit the genre, surely, but I bet more than this beach-blazin’ corner of music’s fair share of listeners would rather blare this music with school being out, with the sun being hot – depending on where you live, of course – and with those quiescent hormones now becoming as active and ragin' as the climate is changin': angst, girls, boys, and the memories, man. Go get drunk, get high, get laid – whatever; everything that happens in the season never actually really happens, if you know what I mean. School ends in late May – well, hopefully it does – and begins in August again. What goes on in between those months belongs to its own niche in time, often being remembered much more fondly than the junk that goes on in the other seasons. Maybe that’s why pop-punk is much more appreciated by a large number of listeners in summer, then, don’t you think? : You don’t have to live with the guilt of jamming to it for the rest of the year. It has its place, best on the beach in the sun, and then it leaves once the books show up at your door.

That’s not entirely true for everyone, I guess, and I’m certainly not trying to get into a fight with the genre’s more religious enthusiasts. But it’s definitely how I, and numerous others, feel about pop-punk. And as such, in context of the oncoming summer season, I feel that I’m ready to access the likes of new-comers Georgia’s Veara. You see, the band play pop-punk in the hardcore-tinged vein of A Day To Remember and New Found Glory; and it’s really no wonder, too, given the fact that the four-piece are now touring with A Day To Remember and are even working with band members Jeremy Mckinon’s and Joshua Woodard’s Running Man Records in order to release label-debut What We Left Behind to the sunny-eyed masses. Previous tours with the likes of The Maine and Powerspace have helped contextualize things for this band and have given Veara some much-needed experience in the field: they now know how to play chords, deliver the hooks, bring on the breakdowns, and stir up those seasonal memories with the best of them. Veara are a breath of fresh air in an often-cited stale environment, even showing the potential of passing ahead of their elders.

The musical phenomenon known as the hook is what Veara thrive on, so don’t come expecting phenomenal instrumentation and deep or imaginative Jessy Lacey-styled lyrics. However, that’s not to say Veara are lazy in these areas in the least; in fact, they’re fittingly up to boy-girl, moving-on-with-life par. The best times with What We Left Behind, though, come with the choruses, such as that of “My B-Side Life,” with its thump-ity-thump beat from female drummer Brittany Harell, or their most A Day To Remember-esque cut, “Only Famous People Get Famous,” storming the lines of the forgotten youths up against the doubt of their overlooking authorities - gang vocals and all. Get big by touring and jamming the melodic power chords are how Veara do things, and from the sound of it, they’re certainly on their way. As some might have guessed, however, not all of the songs ring as triumphantly or are as youthfully charged as those aforementioned. The latter half of the album has a hard time of not recycling riffs, melodies, and lyrical topics - particularly on the derivative “Head For The Hills” - and as such, it can be a bit tiring to fully sit through the entirety of What We Left Behind.

When questioned on the origins of What We Left Behind, Veara stated that the album was about moving on, leaving the naysayers in the dust, and escaping small-town narrow-mindedness. This description is fitting, too, encapsulating the whole of the album’s lyrical subjects, as well as explaining the origins of the drive and energy with which Veara craft their hooky, explosive debut. On the contrary, however, it’s also this description that explains why several of the songs recycle these same lyrical ideas and vocal melodies again and again on the What We Left Behind, which in turn has the effect of causing listeners to go through, skip, and pick from the best of the album’s contents without listening to it all. And that’s what hinders What We Left Behind from truly being excellent, if the only thing. Given a few years on the road, though, Veara will have plenty to talk about and play next time around. They’ll be essentially leading the hardcore pop-punk bunch: adding memories to our summers, recalling memories of our summers, and making this and the like an enjoyable time-transcending pleasure. In the mean time, though, get a hold of What We Left Behind and revel in the joys of the season. After all, it’s that time of the year again.



Recent reviews by this author
There Will Be Fireworks The Dark, Dark BrightBring Me the Horizon Sempiternal
As I Lay Dying AwakenedTim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet
Thousand Foot Krutch The End Is Where We BeginOwen I do perceive.
user ratings (49)
Chart.
3.1
good
other reviews of this album
nkeithb (3.5)
Veara delivers a solid full length debut. Featuring solid drums, decent riffing and soaring vocals, ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010


5819 Comments


Not many of the regular users will like this, but its good for it is. Going ahead and writing and posting this since work will be heavy this weekend.

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

Romulus
May 20th 2010


8447 Comments


Happy 100 man. I like the choice and the review, pos'd.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010


5819 Comments


cheers rom, haven't done this type in a while. I was going to do a classic for the 100, but I already recently did one as you know.

Romulus
May 20th 2010


8447 Comments


Yeah I was honestly expecting some grandiose classic review but after reading this I think I much prefer it. The tone in this review is really fantastic.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010


5819 Comments


Cool, I'm glad I was able to convey that well. I think I need to cut back on my length a bit though, just to make them more friendly to the reader.

Anything you reviewing soon?

EVedder27
May 20th 2010


6088 Comments


Great review Jared, although I was also expecting an epic 5 review.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010


5819 Comments


Thanks Mike, and yeah I'll do one at a later time. A few of my classics are so over-covered though, but I have my eye on one I might do in the future.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2010


16917 Comments


happy 100! great review.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

Romulus
May 20th 2010


8447 Comments


Anything you reviewing soon?


I kind of let my reviews come as they hit me and nothing's hit me for quite a while, but I am trying to do one of my favorite albums for my anniversary. If I can't get it done in time it'll have to wait though.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 20th 2010


5819 Comments


I really appreciate it Season, and I'd love to see a review of that Grover album if you're ever up to it rom. That would make for a great read

nkeithb
May 20th 2010


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Happy 100

I liked the review too. Will pos.

Romulus
May 20th 2010


8447 Comments


I've actually thought about doing that a few times, but I can't decide whether it would be a joke review for fun or a serious one because that album really does hold a special place in my heart being Grover and all.

cvlts
May 20th 2010


8984 Comments


I think I might like this. Surprised at your choice for number 100; pleasently surprised.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2010


10581 Comments


happy 100 PONT

Digging: Charli XCX - Sucker

ShadowRemains
May 20th 2010


21619 Comments


great review, pos'd. props on the 100th :D

AggravatedYeti
May 21st 2010


7685 Comments


hell ya 100.
oh wait I like all of your reviews?
yeah prty much.
:D

cvlts
May 21st 2010


8984 Comments


too much sugar for me.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 21st 2010


5819 Comments


I appreciate the comments guys, and sorry you didn't like it Genocide.
Yeah, it can be a bit saccharine

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2010


16478 Comments


Happy 100 Jared, congratz.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2010


8391 Comments


obligatory great work and happy 100 comment



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy