There was a time when rock and roll wasn't just another musical genre, it was an attitude. A way to give voice to the voiceless in times of despair, passion, heartbreak, and rage. It was the limbo that guttural sex and violent drug abuse danced in through a reckless journey to a loud decay. It was a beautiful bomb.
As Dylan would say, "the times they are a-changin'". And although it's not likely the world will ever see another Hendrix or Zeppelin, there are still those who believe in the dark glory days of rock.
Yearning for those dog-days is The VeeVees. This two man rock band from Brooklyn has little concern for anything other than creating raw, truthful, visceral music. Frontman Garrett Cillo first met powerhouse drummer, Andrea Belfiore, at an underground masquerade on Halloween night in New York City's Chinatown, circa 2011.
Cillo, being an avid songwriter, was immediately drawn to Andrea's incredible adaptability with any composition thrown his way. The duo hammered on, quickly garnering an exciting ten song set. From that set, the band pushed for their debut EP, hooking up with versatile Producer/Engineer Ben Rice of Degraw Studios. The VeeVees along with Mr. Rice arose from the studio with a strong debut aptly titled, "Tell Me It's Electric".
The sound of the EP emulates a grooving, infectious and heavy nature, setting an exhilarated mood. It's one you can turn on late at night in the confines of your own bed to visualize and replay your own personal fantasies. This original soundtrack seems to be the mere kickoff to a long, prosperous journey among The VeeVees' rocking vessel. If "Tell Me It's Electric" is any indication of what's to come for these vicious Brooklynites, then hold on to your sanity and keep your arms and legs inside the coaster at all times.
Their debut EP, "Tell Me It's Electric" was released August 10, 2012.
On April 11th 2013, after hearing the song ‘BRUNETTE BABE’ from an iPhone video, producer Roy Hendrickson (which credits include Paul McCartney, James McCartney, Mary J Blige, POD, Cheap Trick) asked the band to record the song the following day. The VeeVees recorded ‘Brunette Babe’ in legendary Studio A at AVATAR STUDIOS, NYC on April 12th 2013 in a 4 hours session.
"Brunette Babe" will be released on October 25th 2013, a day after its music video premier.
July 13th 2013, the band made their first overseas trip to play at the AREZZO WAVE FESTIVAL, one of the biggest rock festival in Italy. The VeeVees were one of the only two bands selected out of over 200 submissions (through Sonicbids) from Canada, United States, Brazil, Japan, France, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Hungry and others.
The VeeVees are currently working on their new EP
"Soulful, persistent, raw. Do pay attention to this excellent , creative duo!" - Mick Rossi (Pianist/Drummer/Composer - Paul Simon, Philip Glass)
"Everyone should check out THE next big thing in rock music: The VeeVees are the real deal!!!" - Tone Def (Producer/Engineer - Green Day, Santana, Outkast)
Arezzo Wave Festival 2013 - ITALY
M.E.A.N.Y Fest 2012 - NYC
Highline Ballroom - NYC
Santos Party House - NYC
Pianos - NYC
The Knitting Factory - BROOKLYN
Bowery Electric - NYC
Arlene's Grocery - NYC
Middle East Upstairs - BOSTON
Sullivan Hall - NYC
Tammany Hall - NYC
The Delancey - NYC
MMNY festival - BROOKLYN
Trash Bar - BROOKLYN
The Cove - BROOKLYN
Ella Lounge - NYC
Copperfield's - BOSTON