by Danielle Holian
Veridian are a rock band who have only been around for a few months, and are making a great impression so far. And in this period of time, they have had coverage on BBC, Kerrang Radio, Upset and Scuzz. They are regularly compared to solid rock bands like Incubus and Young Guns. Simon Jackman, Rob Everett, Jonny Slevin, Joe Sellers, Zak Watson and James Marshall make up Veridian.
Where did the band’s name “Veridian” come from?
We spent approximately 18 months trying to decide on a name. The name of a band could be one of the most important elements besides the music and trying to make a decision between 6 people isn’t easy. We were toying with a similar name which was also the name of a colour… After a bit of ‘googling’ we discovered Veridian and made the decision almost instantly. It means “Emerald Green”.
How and when did you form?
We had all been very good friends since meeting at the first show we played together in our previous bands WeCaughtTheCastle & Borderline:Fire. Both of our previous bands ceased around the same time and there had been a small amount of talk of putting something together between us. Simon and Robbie already had a small amount of demo material recorded, which had been played to all of us individually… I think in the end after a couple of beers the 6 of us decided we definitely wanted to continue writing, recording and playing music as well as continue touring so we a agreed on a 6 piece!
Your genre is rock, can you tell us more about your sound?
We’re definitely rock. Although these days there are so many different sub-genres within rock, which we like to avoid. I think we sit firmly in the modern alternative rock bracket. We have a pretty heavy side – we like to throw out some meaty riffs, and we love an epic bridge – but then we’re also very keen for catchy vocals and massive harmonies. So we have a poppy edge to us. Not hugely, we’re not writing heavy pop songs. We’re writing alternative rock songs that you could sing a-long to. I think we’re trying to steer clear of being any normal rock band by using our strong vocal harmonies and other instrumentation within our music. ‘Refuse to feel’ has the hard hitting piano parts as well as introducing cello and violin. As we begin to release more music we will start embellishing on these as well as bringing in brass instruments, percussion and synths.
Who or what are your influences?
We like to take influence from everything around us, both musically and lyrically. Musically, it’s hard to say. Influence is so often misconceived as ‘want to sound like’. We obviously take a huge amount of influence from all the best bands in the rock spectrum. We wouldn’t have picked up our guitars or started smashing the hell out of drums if we had never heard of Green Day, Deftones or Incubus as kids. But that doesn’t mean we’re planning on writing an album called ‘Idiot Pony Left of the Murder’.
How have you found people’s reaction to the band so far?
The reaction so far has been really positive. Only last week we played a show and someone tweeted something like “got to play a show alongside my all-time favourite band Veridian”, which may seem a bit much considering it’s less than 6 months since we launched ourselves as a band. We’ve received some incredible feedback from Alex Baker at Kerrang Radio who has been playing our stuff, he’s used words like “Anthemic” and “Monolithic” as well as saying that our track ‘Running Away’ sounds as if it was “carved from the leg of a God”. It’s great when we do receive feedback like that and it helps to encourage us that we are doing the right thing and heading in the right direction.
What did you hope to achieve when you put up a video “Who are Veridian?” as it caused a lot of mystery?
It was a decision to blank out our social medias to create the mystery behind us. We have friends and fans from our previous bands and it was a way to sort of draw people back in. It seemed to work!
Do you have any plans to release a single, an EP or an album anytime soon?
We have just released a single called ‘One Day’ with a brand new music video. We travelled to North Wales for a 2 day shoot. It was extremely adventurous and exhausting all at the same time, but the results were amazing. We’re looking to release another single shortly after, possibly June and then there are plans for an EP in the future. We’re currently demoing lots of new and interesting tracks.
How has your music evolved since the band began?
I’d say our music is constantly evolving. We don’t stick to any one particular topic with our songs, every song we’ve written so far is about a different feeling or experience either we, or someone close, has gone through. We like to experiment with other instruments as well. Only the other day we were playing around with Sitars and other acoustic instruments that originate from Asia and elsewhere. The power of technology these days means we can mix it up with endless opportunities.
What does your music reflect about the band?
We like to think that our music shows how diverse we are. It also shows an adventurous side that likes to take risks. We’re keen to take on the world by showing them the future of rock music!
What are the plans for the future?
More touring, more writing, more experimenting. We’re excited to see what the next year or so throws at us!