There’s no denying the incredible lineup at the recent Falls Festival. With acts like Alt-J, Asgeir, The Kite String Tangle, Joey Bada$$ and Empire Of The Sun to name a few, it was set to be a memorable start to 2015. With such a jam-packed lineup over two main stages, sometimes you can forget to take some time out to see the undiscovered acts on the smaller stages. On New Year’s day I stumbled across the Troubadour stage to find humble Byron Bay locals Vernas Keep taking to the stage. I managed to claim a seat just in time, as the tent quickly filled to capacity with onlookers who couldn’t walk by without stopping.
Vernas Keep are relatively new on the scene, forming in late 2013 as the result of four like minded creatives with big ideas and a big sound. Falling under the genre of indie rock, the band embellish their engaging sound with honest lyrics and killer loop pedals. Just yesterday they released ‘Bones and Arrows’ – the title track from their debut EP set for release early this year. Similar to their first single ‘Rivalry’, which was released back in June 2014, ‘Bones and Arrows’ is an incredibly exciting sneak peak into what we can expect. The tracks begin with delicate, pure vocals which transcend into a wholesome soundscape; drawing you in and captivating every sense in your body.
It’s rare that you find a band you’d rate as one of the standout sets at a festival, topping headliners and even international acts. But to find an act that completely surpasses all expectations and leaves you wanting more is something special, and their live performance does exactly this. Vernas Keep’s set on New Year’s Day was a fitting start to 2015 and just the very beginning of what we can expect to see from the guys throughout the year. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on tour info and the release of their debut EP Bones and Arrows… we’re predicting big things in 2015!
Vernas Keep – Bones and Arrows