If you took a prima donna, handed her a Gibson, brought her up onstage alongside three guys with a fever for reverb and gave them the green light to wrangle their inner demons before an audience, you’d get Velah. The Bostonian rock quartet works in shades, in that their dramatic delivery comes from an acute understanding of the power of pianissimo and forte. This is best exemplified by a strident riff cutting through a cinematic breakdown as well as the gospel according to Jen Johnson’s otherworldly pipes.
Velah’s songs are four-minute sojourns that carry the weight of a symphony blasting through a single guitar amp. The latest of these, “Skeleton House,” is no exception, and is the A-side to the seven inch they’re releasing today. “Skeleton House”/”Rose Wave” follows Black Olympia, the group’s debut EP which came out this past May.
Check out “Skeleton House” in the player below, and see the band perform tonight at their seven-inch release party at Great Scott in Boston, Mass.