The powerful melodic sounds of guitarist/keyboardist Kristen May’s vocals during “Trade This Fear” combined with a tight-knit rhythm by Brian Little (guitar), Drew Little (drums), and Jason Douglas (bass) encourages listeners to continue on a journey through this disc, the band’s first full-length CD. Vedera, a four-piece from St. Louis, changed their name after recording this CD in late 2005 from Veda due to legal reasons.
The Weight of an Empty Room never seems to leave my CD player. May roars through the disc with a strong voice displayed over a solid backup sound with stunning melodic qualities. Her shouting emotions displayed throughout most songs gives listeners a feeling of passion for what she sings about most – long distance romance.
“The Falling Kind” sounds like a radio single that stations would play repeatedly due to its personal appeal, confident delivery and steady drumbeat. “Should we even wonder why our hearts are torn? Why our image is based on this broken city? May brings up important societal issues for listeners to think about.
“It’s All Happening On Broadway,” begins with a soft guitar along with an energetic, feminine voice atop that to create the perfect ballad. The track caught my ear because of May’s ability to be much more than just another pop artist – she soars into a series of personal lyrics almost as if she is singing right to the listener.
Vedera has proved themselves to be more than just another female-fronted indie rock band. The album would sit well with even the most critical due to its great use of feminine vocals. May’s strong voice and unique sound has listeners eager to listen to the next track.
This disc is a musical representation of passion and talent that can be expected to be shown again in their future musical endeavors.