“Violet Mary followed Wilcox and laid it down so hard that the little kids flipping their little lids in front of the stage couldn't decide whether to play air guitar or air drums and just opted instead to jumping up and down like rabid pogo sticks. The whole band was tighter than a mosquito's ass but I couldn't take my eyes of Mike Muscarella's hands as he molested his Les Paul ferociously. Great tone too, by the way.”
“Violet Mary is a study in keen balance. This is one of the few hard rock bands that still manages to maintain melody on the see-saw between muscle and melodic subtlety. And I don't just mean dynamics that pull back to let the melody be heard here or there, but the presence of an actual floating, discernible, memorable melody. Plug in the band's latest, self-produced "Level" or better yet, see Violet Mary live. It's going to get juicy. Bring napkins.”
"Beneath this band's muscle-car patina and melodic shine lurks the heart of the beast. Rochester's Violet Mary is both melodic and picturesque without forsaking those RPMs and the ensuing heart palpitations. In other words, this is one undeniable force, a great rock band."
“@JokerJoker44: "Finally, FINALLY down at #XRIJF for Violet Mary #rockon" - Thanks!”
"You guys (and gal) are so amazing! It was great hearing you last night, can't wait to see you again!!!"
“@shanebertou: More than twice tonight I've been talking to a friend when @BabsHoliday has opened her pipes. Conversation over. @VioletMary #XRIJF #ROC”
“The band is open about the impact of its influences, though its talent and cohesiveness captures and blends those influences to the point of ownership. Violet Mary is hard to pinpoint yet impossible to ignore. Violet Mary sounds like Violet Mary, period.”
“Muscular, dynamic, cathartic. [Violet Mary’s] songs convey a yearning and a sense of infinite possibilities open for the seizing. Sets build in intensity and power towards catharsis.”
“Violet Mary mixes swampy, slide guitar-driven tunes with other songs influenced by Radiohead and early Rush ... mature and lyrically dense. ”
“I'm in the middle of 5 different things and I hear this guitar riff and say "what the f*** is that? You guys should just play your own stuff! It's fantastic!”
“Violet Mary is by far my favorite new band in Rochester!”