Our New Album Release
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With a digest of influences that includes power pop, punk, classic rock and, yes, blues, Not Haunted is an all-encompassing half-hour of rock that refuses to fit squarely within one genre.
Karens vocals are certainly a focal point, but not at the expense of the other instruments. Guitarist Joel Martin’s pinwheeling licks light up opener “Elephant Skin” and steal the show on the Rolling Stones-y “Dusk.” Meanwhile, the pulsing rhythm section of Ignacio Catral and Keith Bauer brings an electrifying grooviness to “Deep Roots Blues” and closer “Skeletons.”
Not Haunted packs a full-length wallop that a bar-band covering “Crossroads” could never hope to achieve.
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Piet Levy of the Journal Sentinel reviewed our latest album. We think he likes Cubism?
“Less than a month ago, The Violet Hour put its sophomore album, Fragments, out into the world. The 10-song follow-up to 2013 debut, Not Haunted, sees Karen Muehlbauer’s formidable pipes coalescing with a wall of bleary shoegaze to result in the band’s best record yet. This week, The Violet Hour provided visual accompaniment for the album’s standout song, “Beeze.”
The quartet – featuring Muehlbauer, lead guitarist Kenneth Sabbar, Keith Bauer on bass and Ignacio Catral on drums – originally came together around 2012, rocking out White Stripes and Black Keys approved punky blues. However, for “Fragments” – the band’s second album, getting a release party show at 9 p.m. Linneman’s on Friday, May 29 – The Violet Hour moved away from that sound (and the trend of format of new blues rock bands with color-particular nouns for names) and toward the soaring guitar, moodily aethereal electronic soundscapes of Shoegazing indie rock.