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After a wild and twisted 2014, The Violet Hour is revved up for an even bigger 2015. With the “Insatiable” EP still hot off the press, the band is ready with an arsenal of hard-punching songs to rock you like never before.
Having shared the stage with national names like Pop Evil, Mindset Evolution, Black Star Riders (aka Thin Lizzy), Saving Abel, Black Oak Arkansas, Alien Ant Farm, and Texas Hippie Coalition, and having made their first journey to the east coast of the US in 2014, The Violet Hour is hungrier than ever, making “Insatiable” their most appropriately titled work yet, released only two months after their first official music video, "Ammunition," available on the band's YouTube channel. "Finger to trigger, baby! We play offense, not defense!” says front lady, Alli.
From 2010-2012, The Violet Hour grew from their status of local Fort Smith band and by 2013 had established a regional presence in the mid-south U.S. In 2014, the band continued to grow and break into new territory, beginning with their trip to the East Coast in March. While in New York, The Violet Hour performed on The Real Radio Show in Long Island alongside a legend, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza of classic metal band Twisted Sister. After The Violet Hour’s performance, Mendoza said, “Forget about ‘Black Oak Arkansas.’ They need to change the name of Fort Smith to ‘The Violet Hour, Arkansas.’ These guys are the real deal!”
Bursting with energy and inspiring crowds with fist-pumping anthems like "I Came Here to Rock," The Violet Hour carries fans through an array of feelings from anger about the world's injustices to joyous revelry and fun. "Everyone fights a personal battle every day," says Alli. "I want our fans to know they're not alone. Whatever you're feeling, whatever you're going through... Other people have been there. I love bringing people together and showing them that we all have something in common."
The Violet Hour not only has a strong and energetic set list, but they also share something very unique--a friendship and passion for each other. Their camaraderie stretches back more than a decade to the days of walking the halls at Southside High School. "We've seen each other through so much," says Alli. "…all the ups and downs of life." Although the majority of the current lineup didn't come together until 2012, Alli, Jon, Jake, and Eric have known each other and supported each other more than half of their lives, and they met Tye in more recent years, scouting him out while he was performing with a local metal band in their hometown, Fort Smith, AR. "Paying our dues together in the music scene has been a truly bonding experience for us. We've played for our dinner. We've played in friends' living rooms. We've played outside on asphalt in 100 degree heat, and we've played in freezing winds and rain. There's just something special about enduring crazy and extreme circumstances together to do something we all love. It really makes us appreciate each other and the goals we are working toward."
All the struggles and hard work have paid off. In 2013 and 2014, The Violet Hour consistently held top positions in their local rock charts on ReverbNation. The Violet Hour was a Breakout Band featured in 60,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes nationwide, along with being featured in countless blogs, e-zines, and entertainment magazines, and receiving multiple sponsorships.
Guitarist, Instigator Jon, muses, "This whole thing blows my mind!" Jon has a background in jazz music, playing saxophone and bass. "When I moved from bass to guitar in 2012, I never expected to hear my dad bragging about my shredding two years later. That was one of the best feelings in the world. My dad was a great jazz guitarist. Now that he is gone, I feel the best way I can honor him is to keep growing as a guitarist and melt faces!”
Alli and Jon, along with Eric on bass, Jake on drums, and Tye on guitar have developed a classic yet alternative sound that ranges from sections of haunting vocals to roaring anthems, to funkilicious grooves. The unique sound creation was described perfectly by the late music reviewer Jon Kirk Edwards when he said, “The throaty vibrations and high grade amped up vocals are delivered without apology and with a masterful mix of Hard Rock. Folksy grunge with enough clarity to know you are in the room with some gifted folks who play to a generation beyond the 70’s.”