Tassie alt-rock trio Verticoli have established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the country. Latest single “True Love” – released 6 July – is a good dose of classic rock with a modern twist and the second taste of their forthcoming sophomore album.
Influenced by bands like Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and Violent Soho, Verticoli are casting a shadow of their own. With an album, three EPs and hundreds of shows across Australia (including support slots for Kingswood, British India and DZ Deathrays), they are accomplished in their own right to say the least.
“This song was written in a day after reading Dave Grohl’s autobiography and relating to a comment he made about writing music being like this drive within you that never ceases until you get the song out… then it starts all over again,” vocalist/guitarist Sam Hunn explains. “I related to that, feeling like my relationship to music was an undying love that never really had to give me much back to keep me hooked.”
To celebrate the release, Verticoli have embarked on a five-date east coast headline tour that will stop at Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Hobart and Launceston this July. On that note, the band shared with us the five things they look forward to most about touring.
1. New music
We love hearing new music, so checking out the bands we’ve recruited to play with us is always fun! And we know we’ve got some good ones.
Who doesn’t love food? Australia is sick for cafe culture and we’re sure to make the most of that and pub meals.
3. Spending time together
The big stress being in a band is always organisational. When we’re together and playing gigs, we can just focus on being mates.
4. Playing new songs
Playing our new songs. We’ve got so much new material… on top of all our back catalogue! So we’ve got so much to choose from and a stronger set than ever.
5. New ideas
Touring is also a chance to flesh out ideas and new songs while we’re together and focused on music. We’ll even catch up with Jon Grace (producer) in Melbourne to flesh out a track that didn’t quite fit on the upcoming album. It’ll be great to see what magic touches he can add!