…where I wanna be, VERA BLOOM Boxes + Serenity
by Walter Price
I cut my early radio DJ-ing teeth spinning dynamite records from Breeders, L7, Bikini Kill, and Throwing Muses. Which continued my lifelong love of powerful women in music. From Dolly, Joplin, and Tina Turner to The Runaways, Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, and so on. And in the past six years or so a whole new generation of female rocknrollers have been dominating my Top Picks not to mention popping some speakers along the way. Skating Polly, Broken Baby, Daisy Dreams, Miesha & The Spanks, Julez, and the Rolerz, and many more have been killing it and carrying the torch and further destroying the notion of the traditional so-called ‘boys club’.
This is now and we must add Nashville-based Vera Bloom to the new class, if you will, of badass rockers taking many of the indelible bits and bobs of the hallowed heydays of alternative and adding in plenty of tasty AF guitar riffs, weighty introspective lyrics, and an authentic 90s RnR attitude.
Bloom, an Angus Young devotee, is still basking in the afterglow of all the positive responses to her most recent single “Boxes”. A true blaster that deserves all that comes it’s way. But to be fair, this review was previously written about the track that introduced me to this burgeoning indie dignitary.
That tune is called “Serenity” and its very human experience lyrics grabbed me by the soul and got me all twisted up. In a good way. “Swallow your loneliness up/ It’s the only thing you’ve got right now/ It’s truly yours, you’re the only one feeling
How it hurts right now—Let the anger pass you by/ It isn’t worth sporadic crying/ Tears that never seem to dry/ It isn’t true they’ll dry with time.” There’s not a single conscious human in the world who couldn’t relate. If those words don’t hit ya in your soft spots, the guitar sorcery towards the end will certainly shake rattle, and roll ya!
Take both “Boxes” & “Serenity” for a pile of very loud spins, here at the GTC.
VERA BLOOM Boxes + Serenity
Artist photo via Facebook // Quote via verabloom.net
Music and words by Vera Bloom
Produced by Jacob Carey, Vera Bloom
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jacob Carey at Oxblood Studio, Nashville, TN.
Vocals, guitar: Vera Bloom
Guitar, Bass: Jacob Carey
Drums: Brian Chinino
Mastered by John Baldwin in Nashville, TN
Music and Lyrics written by Vera Bloom
Recorded at BattleTapes Studio in Nashville, TN
Engineered, mixed, and co-produced by Jeremy Ferguson
Vocals, rhythm guitar: Vera Bloom
Electric lead guitar: Jacob Carey
Bass guitar: Levi J. Miller
Drums: Brian Chinino
“Vera Bloom is finding freedom. Whether she’s taking her motorcycle off on a long stretch of empty road or delivering an epic rock show, she’s honest, open, and untethered to anyone’s narrative but her own. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Bloom echoes west coast influences in her music. The powerhouse rocker is both sweet and blunt, a personality trait that holds true in her music…” – bio