Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
With already two albums under their belt, and a steady stream of shows, Vermillionaire has got it going on. This bluesy-rock quartet from right here in Austin is one of those special groups that’s able to perfectly balance catchy vocal melodies, long instrumental jams and unexpected prog transitions. Sometimes it’s easy to think that musicians no longer can really play their instruments, but they prove otherwise. Each player clearly knows how to improvise and jam, but even more importantly, everyone is listening and giving space for one another, which allows each part to be essential and insanely groovy. I’m going to go ahead and say if you like the Grateful Dead, who…. I love, then Vermillionaire is going to knock your socks off.
Vermillionaire stopped by Studio 1A to have a visit with Laurie and share a few tracks off their latest release, Vermillionaire II. If you want to catch them live, make sure to be at B.D. Riley’s on Friday or Darwin’s Pub this Saturday night (and every Thursday night). Since three of the Vermillionaires just finished high school, they’re going to be in different places for a while (hopefully, not forever), so make sure to catch them before the summer ends.