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There’s a certain U2-like quality to the sonically bright and uplifting ‘Stay Young’ which bursts with nervous energy on a wave of smooth sound to open Veludo’s first EP. Veludo as you may or may not be aware is three quarters of Perth/Melbourne rockers Gasoline Inc., a band that gave us many memorable nights and produced some great music over the years. Well Gasoline Inc. may be gone but in Veludo the main protagonists have a new lease of life and a silkier more refined sound.


If you loved ‘Stay Young’ then there’s a real feel that on ‘Indigo’ Veludo has created their first anthem. It’s another uplifting song and one which is almost like a call to arms. There’s so much colour in the song and so much light you can help but grin that these guys have stumbled upon their sound.


The final two tracks keep up the quality with ‘Are We On Fire?’ taking a few queues from the likes of Birds of Tokyo, but still sounding distinct, original and still riding that bright like wave of sound. This is an EP made to be played under bright summer skies and enjoyed.


Sonically ‘Endless Wonder’ reminds us of Coldplay but with more balls and it rounds out the EP nicely leaving you in no doubt that when the album comes it’s likely to be huge. 


Listening to this EP you can help but admire the craft that has gone into it. It sounds both powerful and luxurious, with harmonies that most bands would kill for.  Veludo have given themselves every chance of being Australian Rock’s next big thing.



Check them out for yourself on these dates:

February 15th | Rock the Bay Festival, The Espy St Kilda, VIC
February 21st | The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA *EP LAUNCH*
February 22nd | Throwing of the Grapes Festival, Oakover Winery, Swan Valley, WA
March 9th | Rock in The Vines Festival, Big Hill Vineyard, Bendigo VIC
March 14th | The Groove Saint Albury, NSW (entry on the door)
March 15th | The Bald Faced Stag, Leichhardt, NSW
April 4th | The Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy, VIC *EP LAUNCH*
April 23rd | Cherry Bar, Melbourne, VIC (entry on the door)


Veludo is

Gabriel Vargas lead vocals / percussion
Jase Millar guitar / keys / synths + loops / vocals
Jared Campbell bass / bass synth / vocals
Les Stuart drums / percussion / vocals



by Mark Diggins