Chapel Hill based rock trio has released “The
Juggernaut”, their second album. Since their debut, the critically-acclaimed
"Where Are the People?",the
group has intensified their creative vision. The sophomore effort
produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Squirrel Nut Zippers)
and recorded at his famed studio, “The
with a bang as the band recorded the album’s basic tracks
live in one extremely ambitious session. The shift in recording
techniques is intended to better document the band’s live
shows, which wed artistic depth with a refreshing sense of fun.
Principle songwriters Jay
Manley (guitar/vocals) and Jane Francis (bass/vocals) joined
by Zsolt David (drums) crraft more than just smart pop songs with fascinating structures.
Velvet seamlessly assimilates a batch of influences – including
Television, The Grays and The
Pretenders with hints of Maria McKee, Jimi Hendrix and Guided
By Voices. The songs of “Juggernaut” document stories
of longing for love, recognition, and emancipation from the illusory
heavy burden of the world.
Since its beginnings as a Wilmington-based art-rock outfit in 1995,
Velvet’s artistry and career continue to remain upwardly mobile.
The band’s work is featured in Daniel Kraus’ film “Jefftowne”
and MTV bought the rights to use Velvet’s songs in its reality-based
programs. In addition to “Where are the People?” Velvet
covered “Bad Machinery” for a Let’s Active tribute
and made an appearance on the German
Compilation "Coast to Coast".
Most recently performing at Sparklefest,
the state’s power-pop festival, International
Pop Overthrow in Chicago and New York, and organizing a benefit
for Duke University’s Primate Center, the band’s intelligent
songwriting and stage presence draws together a diverse
fan base with a sound that’s entertaining, thought-provoking
and impossible to ignore.