Reading sextet Veridian are ready to take the UK rock scene by storm. Following a run of shows supporting Evarose and an interview with us here at The Punk Archive, they released their brand new EP on 12th May. 40826D is a slick, five-track record of true British alt-rock, released through Primordial Records.
The EP gives you a real feel for what this band is about: emotive, epic, melodic and stadium-worthy. Drawing influence from the likes of stadium heavyweights Biffy Clyro and festival favourites Lower Than Atlantis, they have created an all-encompassing sound.
The first single to be released from the EP is Sleep A Little Better, and it’s an attention grabber. The heavy bassline and delicate piano overlay one another to create a magical sound. The chorus has singalong moments, with repeats of “I can’t leave, I’m captivated”, guaranteed to get stuck in your head. It’s a real nod to the likes of You Me At Six and Young Guns.
First track Headlights, meanwhile, takes some electronic influences and provides beautiful harmonies from a second vocalist.
Follow has more poppy influence than the other songs on the record. It builds to a crescendo at the chorus, at which point if you’re not dancing then you should be! Ink also follows with a really upbeat chorus that is just willing to be danced to, yet it’s still firmly rooted in melodic rock.
The band revealed to The Punk Archive that their current favourite song is the final track on the EP, So They Say, and we can see why! The sound is so grand and anthemic.
The production on 40826D is crisp and solid: you can hear every drum beat as if you were in the room with the band, which is all down to the talents of vocalist Simon. The whole production is beautiful.
Following the likes of Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis and You Me At Six with their soaring, alt-rock sound, I get the feeling that Veridian will be the next big thing in British rock music. They’ve already had some love from Alex Baker on Kerrang! radio and are set to tour this summer.
Look out for clues from a rather cryptic Veridian, who are yet to reveal the story behind the album name, but we’re dying to find out.