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Station

by The Velmas

Powerful alternative rock colored by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae and even country and classical.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. One More Day
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2. This Time
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3. Turning
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4. Tell Her I Love Her
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5. Silenced
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6. Would It Matter
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7. Midnight
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8. Now For A Then
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9. Where'd She Go
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10. Forever With Me (Emily's Song)
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11. Out There
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12. Past Tense
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13. Hello
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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!


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Chase

Station Rocks
The Velmas are awesome. Period. They are great songwriters. They are great musicians. And they have a penchant for rocking so hard that innocent bystanders have been known to soil their drawers just for standing within an earshot of their music.

I own all of the Velmas material, and I thoroughly enjoy Station just as much, if not more than Another Day at School and Recess. The songs are catchy, inspired, and full of awesomeness so profound that even David Lee Roth would be reduced to a blubbering teeny bopper if he were fortunate enough to get his hands on this CD.

Order Station right now. And make sure you have clean underwear handy before you listen to it.

Rock on!

Jenessa`

amazing
ohkay...well the cd is amazing because its got a good rhythm and its really fun to get pumped for a show by listning to it! the Velmas always give a great show. And the CD`z make my heart skip a beat =P {hehe} basicly just buy the cd because its worth it...
look for the other cd`z too.
you`ll like them...
-ChEdDuRz-

Aquaryan

This is one station that you will tune into
The Velmas has succeeded in creating another perfect CD that deserves to be recommended. TURNING is perhaps the most unique song that I have heard from them. I recommend this as a perfect gift for anyone.

Lauren Levine, Albany Student Press

Awesome and refreshing!
Three-man band "The Velmas" have been big in the Albany scene for the last few years, even scoring an award for best alternative band of 2006 from Metroland. They've got a new CD out, "Station," with 13 great tracks, including a cover of Lionel Richie's "Hello."Their music has a strong alternative vein, with a little bit of punk thrown in. Somehow they manage to have a genuine sound, despite being in such a packed genre. This is probably due to the fact they don't stick to a set vibe. Each song has a feel that distinctly matches its lyrics and sets a mood to the sound. They don't try and stretch their words to fit their band's "sound." They avoid the formulas and go for their own brand of originality.
The band's influences show up at unexpected times in their music. In "Past Tense," there is a decidedly anti-social twist and a dark, deliberate sound reminiscent of Nirvana. "Would It Matter" is more like a journey from The Red Hot Chili Peppers into the realm of Primus. In short, their music has an awesome and refreshing old-school essence that makes it almost familiar listening after the first time.

Samantha

Amazing mix of old Velmas and new Velmas
This CD has amazing vocals and mind blowing lyrics. I recommend this CD to anyone with half a music taste.

Ricky Flake--South Mississippi Sun Herald

Hook laden songs, top notch vocals
This is a modern rock record with a large slice of power pop. The Velmas possess both goofy nicknames (the three singer-songwriters are Todd "Figaro" Minnick, bass/vocals; Michael "Bruce" Bruce, drums/vocals; and Mike "Harvey" Grosshandler, guitars/keyboards/vocals) and hook-laden songs.
Some songs sound as if they'd fit alt-rock play lists, with pummeling drums and white-hot guitars. However, the vocals are top-notch, and there's a playful, punky twist to some of the tunes, like "Midnight" and "Out There."
There's also a speedy cover of Lionel Richie's "Hello" to close out the set. Check the Web site if local merchants don't have it! Ask locally, or shop online at www.citycanyons.com.

Jessica Marley

Nothing but positive things to say about Station!
Station is an amazing cd, the songs are a refreshing break from the cookie cutter songs you hear on the radio. I recomend this cd to anyone looking for something original and fun.

Heather Callagan

Station will be played on every station!!
Station is by far a true example of The Velmas' extraordinary talent. Previously recorded albums, Another Day at School and Recess, are both very good but this album, this album shows not only how talented the trio is but also shows just how they can shine individually. Each song stands on its own with its different vocal and instrument solos, but together the songs create an album of pure intensity and rock. This is a must have album and guaranteed not to leave your CD player!

The Rkstar.com

Top 20 Albums of 2006!
STATION finishes ahead of some great albums to take the #15 spot on the list of top albums of 2006 at Rkstar.com!

Debra

Great CD gotta get this one-
#4 #6 as of now are my favorites on the cd already the whole cd is great!! Love it-
I highly recomend Station