Veer Union hits U.S. tour trail this spring
Vancouver, British Columbia's The Veer Union kicked through the doors of the hard-rock genre in 2009 with the Top 10 hit "Seasons," which was quickly snapped up as the theme song for that year's Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
MLB, NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more ate up the song, allowing The Veer Union to leave its mark. All that is fine and great, but The Veer Union is just thankful for any bit of recognition.
"I think it's flattering whether it's a sports team picking up your song or whether radio's playing your song for the very first time, or it's a fan you've never met who says, 'I just discovered your band and I love this song,'" lead singer and co-founder Crispin Earl told SoundSpike via telephone.
"Every time one person or 100 people or 10,000 people say 'I love what you do,' it feels the same way. There are exciting things, but as long as people are coming back and saying 'We love what you do,' it's amazing every time."
The Veer Union is returning to the music fold March 26 with "Divide the Blackened Sky" on Rocket Science Ventures. The band has posted a teaser video for the new track "Borderline" on YouTube.
It's been a tough few years for The Veer Union, which also includes guitarist Eric Schraeder. They faced a revolving lineup and label changes but the duo persevered to create "Divide the Blackened Sky."
"We worked really hard on this record," Earl said. "We're really proud of it. As any piece of art you create, you get really excited. We're finally ready to show it to everybody."
The collection was mostly produced by the band. But when The Veer Union hit the proverbial brick wall of financial and internal strife, Earl and Schraeder took a couple months break. Eventually, they reunited and realized they "love doing this."
"We decided, 'Let's keep going. Let's keep pushing though,'" he said.
For one last song, the musicians turned to knob-turner Brian Howes (Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd) for help producing the track "Bitter End."
"Essentially the lyric and 'I will fight 'til the bitter end,' that's what it basically means," Earl said. "No matter what, we're not going to give up. Most people build up a lot of things in their minds. We had to clear all that crap out of our heads and just kind of keep pushing forward and focus on the positive things in our life. That's basically what the song's about."
That song can be heard on the band's tour, which kicks off March 24 in El Paso, TX, and continues for one and a half months.
"It's been awhile since we've been out there playing," Earl said. "It's been about a year and a half since we've been in the U.S. for sure. We've done a couple one-offs here and there."
"Our live show's going to be a little bit different. To be honest with you, I don't want to give that away, necessarily. We're still going to definitely have the same energy that we always bring to the table. We'd like to communicate with the audience and have them participate as much as we possibly can in the show. There are a couple added things that we've never done in our live show. We're excited to definitely bring those to the table and have people check them out."
24 - El Paso, TX - Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
29 - Fostoria, OH - The New Nest
30 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
31 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere's
2 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
3 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
4 - Rochester, MN - The Wicked Moose
6 - Sault Ste. Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino Showroom
7 - Dubuque, IA - Courtside
10 - South Barrington, IL - Penny Road Pub
11 - Ottawa, IL - Luciana's Rural Resort
12 - Clinton Township, MI - The Detroit Pub
13 - Madison, WI - RSR Stage
14 - Rockford, IL - Bar 3
17 - Merriam, KS - Aftershock Bar and Grill
20 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheater (with Korn, Chevelle, Buckcherry)
21 - San Antonio, TX - St. Mary's University (Fiesta Oyster Bake with Buckcherry)
22 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum (with Chevelle, Buckcherry)
25 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep (with Cavo, Janus)
26 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater (with Cavo, Janus)
28 - Mesa, AZ - Quail Run Park (with Godsmack, Staind, Chevelle)
1 - Abilene, TX - The Lucky Mule (with Cavo, Janus)