The Violet Hour brings together dirty guitar with ruthless vocals, unrelenting basslines with artful drumming, to create their blues-infused indie rock. The music reflects varied influences and tends to live on the dark, shadowy side of rock ‘n roll, while touching on a hint of pop sensibility
It’s winter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and The Violet Hour are hibernating to escape the frigid temperatures. From this isolation comes inspiration, as the band is working on new songs and finding their groove in a new sound. It’s a sound that comes from what feels right, rather than a pre-defined genre to fit into. And with that, what started as a blues-punk project is now evolving into something entirely new. Without fully letting go of the sounds that permeated their first album, The Violet Hour are inching away from these styles in favor of songs that groove and capture the band’s indie/alt rock influences. Stay tuned for the next evolution of The Violet Hour.
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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.
Guitarist auditions continue. Ig’s been in Spain for a few weeks, and I was on vacation in Vegas for a week*, but we’ve scheduled a couple more auditions now that we’re all back in MKE. We’ve got some awesome candidates, and we’re hoping to make a decision after the next couple auditions.
We’ve as a band have been tinkering with recording our own band demos for a while now. It’s a hit and miss proposition that’s for sure. We have minimum resources, but we have accumulated some knowledge by basically trying to hang with peeps that record and by asking many questions
It’s a new year and the search has begun for a new guitarist for the group. Right now we’re in the process of auditioning players and hope to soon find the right one to complement our sound. In the meantime we’ve been working on writing and recording song ideas and are really excited at the early results. Several of the songs are almost finished (Iggy even strapped on the guitar to lend a riff to one of the tunes) and we’re looking forward to when we can turn them loose on our fans! We’ll keep you posted and maybe have a teaser up on the site in the near future.
The Violet Hour has decided to start blogging to keep you up-to-date on everything that’s happening in our little music bubble. It may seem like there hasn’t been much going on lately, considering we’ve taken a break from shows and have sadly said goodbye to our guitarist, Joel. But there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes – which you wouldn’t know without this handy, dandy blog that we plan to update regularly. Don’t hold us to that, but we’re going to try our best. So, here goes.