It was all treat and no trick when City Canyons Records launched a special limited release of The Velmas new album, "Station", on October 31, 2006 to CD Baby and other select online and brick-and-mortar retailers with full national distribution beginning on January 2, 2007.
"Station" features three remarkable singer/songwriters who are helping to define American rock today. In fact, one might say--and The Velmas' fans often do--that The Velmas is "American for rock". Bassist Todd "Figaro" Minnick, guitarist Mike "Harvey" Grosshandler and drummer Michael "Bruce" Bruce have created powerful alternative rock colored by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae and even country and classical. The listener will hear subtle echos here and there of a wide array of influences including Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. The album is a follow-up to The Velmas' critically acclaimed debut album "Another Day at School" (2002) and an equally successful EP, "Recess" (2004).
The Velmas, based in Albany, New York have shared the stage with such national artists as Collective Soul, Vertical Horizon, Moe, Winger, Everclear and, most recently, Soul Asylum and have performed at highly-regarded venues and festival throughout the Northeast including, by way of example, the Oswego Harborfest 2004 and Larkfest 2003 and 2006. The band was recently voted as upstate New York's #1 Best Local Alternative Band by the readers of the hip and popular Albany arts and entertainment publication, Metroland. The hugely popular band has an enthusiastic Street Team of well over 100 active members in 25 states and several different countries.
At the suggestion of a couple of savvy DJs at a southern radio station, J-Rock and Patty the Radio Girl of Rock Solid Pressure, City Canyons gave the Velmas a listen and was spellbound, quickly deciding to bring the Velmas to the world. And, world, just listen to STATION and you'll be spellbound too!