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The Velmas / Bio

Staples of the Albany rock scene, The VeLMAs have been voted the Capital Region’s “Best Alternative Band” and “Best Rock Band” in 2006, 2007, and 2009 (Metroland).

The VeLMAs have shared the stage with numerous acts, including Soul Asylum, Collective Soul, Everclear, moe., Tally Hall, The X’s, Winger, Vertical Horizon, Richard Lloyd, Samantha Ronson, and Shaw Blades (members of Styx, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees).

Their debut album Another Day At School was followed by Recess, a 10-song “double EP” featuring new studio tracks, as well as several live tracks. Recess included the song "Restless, Restless," which was selected out of thousands of entries as one of the top 20 finalists on Howard Stern's much-publicized "Restless, Restless" contest. The song was also included on a compilation album called "The Best of Restless, Restless" with other top entries, including those from William Shatner and Robert Goulet.

Following Recess, Station was released on City Canyons Records. Station was recorded at Robby Takac's (Goo Goo Dolls) Chameleon West Studios in Buffalo, NY. Two digital-only singles, "Playground" and "Wait", were released by City Canyons in 2009.

The VeLMAs track “Clue”, from their debut album Another Day At School, is featured on the soundtrack for the Xbox LIVE® video game NLL Lacrosse, which was released in Spring 2010.

General Info

Band Members
Mike "Harvey" Grosshandler- Guitar/Vocals, Todd "Figaro" Minnick - Bass/Vocals, Michael "Bruce" Bruce - Percussion/Vocal
Artist Name
The Velmas
Home Page
Active Since
Alternative / Rock / Indie

Contact Info

Albany, NY

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