The Veer Union – Alive & Kickin’

Canada’s own, The Veer Union, recently announced to fans over Facebook they will be releasing the first single off their upcoming EP Life Support on December 3rd.

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Life Support will be a double-EP, which appears to have two separate release dates; of which, Part One will launch on Dec 10th, and Part Two will hit shelves on an undisclosed date in 2014. The release of Part Two is to be followed by a North American tour.

This will be the first release since Divide the Blackened Sky in March 2012. And with that comes an apparent effort to experiment with their sound. According to the band’s announcement Part One will carry a “brighter” and more “rock” characteristic in comparison to Part Two’s “darker” and “metal” sound.

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TVU made a lasting impression on metal heads here in the Capital Region when they played to an Upstate Concert Hall audience in 2009. Despite sharing the bill with Hinder and Theory of a Dead Man, TVU rocked the set and stood out on their own. What was certainly a help was having “Seasons” in their playlist. Their Top Ten track had already been exposed to WWE wrestling fans and later served as a theme song for hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Their choice in name for their latest EP is aptly so, because despite their initial success, the band has fallen on tougher times. Universal Motown dropped them from their label immediately after their 2009 tour, ironically after charting two, Top 25 hits in “Seasons” and “Youth of Yesterday.” Though they were subsequently picked up by Rocket Science, they failed to chart with one LP and another EP, both released in 2012. Further adding to the band’s woes was the departure of bassist Marc Roots and guitarist James Fiddler. For the moment only Crispin Earl, the band’s lead singer, is listed among active members on the band’s Wikipedia page. Nevertheless, Earl and crew are pressing forward thanks to a Kickstarter venture to raise enough funding for Life Support.

Go to the band’s website www.theveerunion.com to learn more.