VEER HAS JUST RELEASED THEIR SECOND ALBUM, SOFT MACHINES.
FROM THE BAND: As a band, we pushed this second album in a different direction than the first. It’s sonically more mature, with layered melodies and more intricate and nuanced chord structures. It’s arguably a concept album, running a thematic balance between the organic nature of humankind and the dreamlike, fanciful notions of transcending beyond that humanity–a literal “BLAST OFF!” from the human race. We refer to this record as our space album. The title, Soft Machines, which comes from a line in our song “Red Tide,” is just another phrase for people. We’re all just soft, fleshy machines, toiling about on this pale blue dot. -Ronald Malfi
The band’s self-proclaimed “space album” comes more than four years after Ronald Malfi, Jon Malfi, Ryan Fowler and Christian Mathis created their debut record, “Apocalyptic, Baby.” That effort led to them being awarded Best Rock Band by the Maryland Music Awards and receiving Best Rock Song for their single, “Come Clean,” by the World Songwriting Awards, an international organization that promotes and recognizes songwriting in various genres throughout 129 countries worldwide.
VEER is an award-winning hard rock band from Annapolis, Maryland, founded in 2016 by Ronald Malfi, Jon Malfi, Ryan Fowler, and Christian Mathis. Their debut album, Apocalyptic, Baby, was released on December 1, 2018, where it immediately broke the Amazon Top 100 rock albums. That same year, they were awarded Best Rock Band by the Maryland Music Awards, then received an award for Best Rock Song for their single, “Come Clean,” by the World Songwriting Awards, an international organization that promotes and recognizes songwriting in various genres throughout 129 countries worldwide.
“The songs are about nothing and everything all at once,” says singer Ronald Malfi. “The music is midrange heavy but deceptively upbeat. The lyrics—the meaning behind the lyrics—are much darker than the casual listener might realize.”
Songs such as “Douse,” “Power Drive,” and “Come Clean” have come to signify their brand of “pulse pounding guitar riffs and hook-i-licious choruses” (Shockwave Magazine) and “hard rock charisma” (AC Rock Reviews). The track “Breathe” from the album and the subsequent Shut Up and Breathe EP, which also featured an acoustic rendition of the song, was added to Lou Brutus’s HardDrive Radio, and has since become the band’s most popular single.
The backbone of the band consists of bassist Christian Mathis and drummer Jon Malfi, whose cohesion forms a steady pulsing groove at the heart of each song. Hook-laden choruses and driving guitar riffs are augmented by lead guitarist Ryan Fowler’s blistering solos, while Ronald Malfi’s enigmatic lyrics soar through each melody.
The band’s energetic live performances have quickly earned them a place among the mid-Atlantic’s elite, and they have been direct support for a number of national acts, including Buckcherry, Sponge, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Trapt and 40 Below Summer.
Ronald Malfi – Lead Vocals / Guitar
Ryan Fowler – Lead Guitar
Christian Mathis – Bass Guitar
Jon Mafil – Drums