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On their major-label debut album Stages, Vedera have at last been able to capture the magic that has made them such a hot live property over the past few years. The Kansas City, Missouri-based quartet, fronted by Kristen May, have toured incessantly since releasing their first EP in 2004, honing their sound and building their considerable fanbase the grassroots way — one fan at a time. “We’ve spent more time playing live than we probably ever will be able to spend in a studio,” guitarist Brian Little (and May’s husband) says, “and we think that’s great. Feeding off a live audience has really shaped what we do and we wanted Stages to reflect that.”

Those who have seen them live are already familiar with Vedera’s sound: dreamy pop melodies, shimmering rock guitar, driving rhythm section, and the band’s not-so-secret weapon: May’s soaring vocals. Her glass-cut voice can swoop from a delicate hush to an open-throated keen on a dime as her passionate delivery provides the emotional uplift required of her lyrics, which address such themes as loss (“Loving Ghosts”), devotion (“Even I”), betrayal (“Forgive You”), romantic love (“Back to the Middle”) and wondering if love is really all you need (“Satisfy”).

“I’m always watching the way people relate to one another and how we can affect each other so much by our actions and the way we handle situations,” May says.


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