VEXINE is a 4-piece band based in Richmond, VA . Formed in 2012, the group features front woman Sarah Gleason on vocals, Paul Pearce on lead guitar and vocals, Michael Skiffington on bass, and Jorge Santamaria on drums.
VEXINE formed after the breakup of a former band, The Velvet Marias. This group enjoyed local success as an alt-country / cowpunk outfit, releasing a record in 2010. While writing the follow-up, Gleason and Pearce realized that the emerging songs they were writing together were nothing like that of the Marias. After sharing the music with the rest of the band, it became obvious that a change was in order.
In late 2012, VEXINE formed from 4 of the 5 original members of the Velvet Marias. This new band released their self-titled debut in 2013 and a follow up live record in 2014. As both their popularity and experience in the local RVA music scene grew, their sound evolved into something more aggressive and stylized – a reflection of both their eclectic musical tastes and dedicated stage persona as a band.
Following the release of both their debut and live records, VEXINE entered a period of intense gigging throughout central Virginia, developing resulting in a tight, well-rehearsed rhythm section punctuated by soaring vocals and stinging guitar. Recording their third record throughout 2015, VEXINE produced a collection of songs that is now catching everyone’s attention.
Buzzfeed describes VEXINE’s LITTLE SIN as “refreshing” saying Sarah Gleason possesses “a voice I have been searching for my entire life”. Richmond’s own Style Magazine describes VEXINE’s music as “retro future rock”, and Richmond Magazine refers to it as “lounge rock noir”, and PASTE Magazine calls LITTLE SIN “bad-ass”. No Depression Magazine says “get ready to meet your new favorite band”.
All three VEXINE albums are released their own label, ZAP Records. LITTLE SIN was released April 30th 2016.
About the Songs
VEXINE began writing Little Sin in 2014 both in and out of the rehearsal hall. Individual contributions by Gleason and Pearce are augmented by full-band efforts as well as one carefully selected song by a certain Declan MacManus.
“It doesn’t matter what we write independently of one another,” says Gleason. “It doesn’t become a VEXINE song until we all get in a room together and hash it out.” The songs were recorded at The Shed (by Paul Pearce and Brian Farquhar) and Montrose Studios (with Bruce Olsen) in Richmond, Virginia, and mastered by Jim Demain at YesMaster.
The title track, “Little Sin” is a sultry little number with gypsy rhythms pounding out the panic of a terrible secret. Santamaria notes that “it was fun to break away and do something a little different with the drums on this track, it is song about murder that is simultaneously dark and bouncy.”
“Tantilla Gardens” speaks of the fantasy of the Richmond dance hall landmark that once was the “South’s Most Beautiful Ballroom” before it was demolished in 1970. Gleason grew up hearing her grandmother tell her stories of the “rooftop that rolled away,” where couples danced beneath the stars. “I wish I could have experienced it first hand. Writing about Tantilla Gardenshelped me feel closer to my grandmother. She was dizzy over the splendor and glamour of the place when she was a young woman in the 1930’s.”.
“Only One Left” is Pearce’s wild ride that puts you right in the driver’s seat of this zombie love-story. “Hey, zombies need love, too,” says Pearce. This is part 2 of 3 of Pearce’s “Zombie Trilogy”.
VEXINE also chose to include Elvis Costello’s “I Want You” in this release because “it was a long-time favorite” of Skiffington’s. “I knew we could do something special with it.”
Keep in touch with Vexine at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vexine, on Twitter at @VexineRVA, and on Reverbnation at www.reverbnation.com/vexine. For booking information, contact band manager Jorge Santamaria at 804.241.2609.