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Vel Indica / Press

“Vel Indica’s debut album, Turn Off Your Devices, is a surprisingly welcome departure from the contemporary norm in which albums are less unified statements of creativity and vision than cobbled collections of derivative, disposable market-driven songs. In the course of 11 largely remarkable songs, this trio from Winston-Salem, led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Patrick Ferguson, thwarts the exogenous nature of mod pop to embrace and extoll the fading virtues of musical individuality. Not that there are not extant musical influences – from the soulful sugar-and-spike dynamism of Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) and the lyrical impressionism of Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe to Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Neutral Milk Hotel and the fearless ambient adventurism of Thom Yorke. Turn Off Your Devices is a trip worth taking, a spellbinding tour of ambitious dreams and realized musical possibilities that deserves to be heard far beyond a regional audience. ”

“What is Vel Indica? Just by name it sounds like some type of expensive red-haired marijuana from South America but it's not. Vel Indica is a magnificent band from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The band consists of Patrick Ferguson on vocals and guitar, Ken Simonds on bass and Karrie Sheehan on drums and percussion. The collaboration between this three-piece is an eclectic mix of indie-folk, alternative and post-punk. While listening to Vel Indica, one may conjure up the spirit influences of several acts such as Joy Division, The Pixies, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Neutral Milk Hotel and Jeff Buckley to name a few. However, they also sound like none of these with their own distinct and original style. It has just that subtle tinge of melancholy that makes the sound interesting and you long to understand it. You must definitely see and hear them for yourself to fully experience their musical aesthetic. I would definitely rate them as one of North Carolina's top bands on the indie scene.”

Edward McBride - Hello Spaceman Music