The Veer Union once was a one-man project by Vancouver, BC (Canada) resident Crispin Earl. He started his journey in 2001, back then as 'Everything After'. Gradually however, the whole became a bit more serious and several members were added to the band. They changed their name to The Veer Union and suddenly got the attention of Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. He recorded two songs 'Watch You Lose' & 'Make Believe' for his solo album 'Tommyland'.
Some people might know their song 'Seasons', which was the theme song for WWE's 2009 Backlash event. In fact, the music on this album is all perfect wrestling-theme material and sounds very familiar to me in that aspect. However, it hasn't all been sunshine and happiness for Crispin, who suffered from depression over the years. With this album, Crispin celebrates the tenth birthday of his debut, reviving five pre-Veer Union tracks and adding for brand new songs.
As a regular WWE watcher, I immediately recognized the euphoric and theatrical atmosphere on opener 'Defying Gravity' and the song 'Heart Attack'. They immediately reminded me of the huge arena bands with a massive sound and a very modern sound. Even more so, I'm overwhelmed by the level of songwriting and the emotional approach to the vocals. Besides, I dig the strong sound of the guitars.
Musically, you might compare this to a modern day alternative rock version of metal. If that is too complicated, perhaps I should throw in some bands, but I know very little bands in this particular genre. There is a bit of Muse, some Linkin Park, a touch of Foo Fighters, a hint of Radiohead, a whiff of Deftones and a tad of Incubus. I'm not sure if that is an extremely accurate description but if you're into those bands, you'll definitely love The Veer Union.
While 'Defying Gravity' remains my absolute favorite track on this album, I have to mention some other brilliant pieces of work. The uplifting rockers 'Watch You Lose' and 'I don't care' can make any festival crowd go nuts and the great ballad 'I Said' has some serious hit potential. I also really dig the electronics in the awesome song 'Make Believe'. Oh well, let's just face it, I really like this album. It's one of the best modern arena rock things available right now.