Band of the Day

2015.07.20

Jule Vera

A small town band channels their ambitious thirst into creating grandiose alt-pop
Let's make this moment so big we can't hold it.
lyrics from Light the Night

The words JULE VERA put together means “Young Truth,” a moniker that’s as wildly appropriate for the dreamy indie-pop quintet who chose it as any band name could be. The young collective’s earnest spirit and grassroots beginnings provided rich soil for a stunning collection of songs to blossom. At a breathtakingly fast pace, JULE VERA rocketed from talent competitions to Alternative Press’ “100 Bands You Need To Know.”

JULE VERA is a small town band with a massive scope, balancing an ambitious thirst for the most grandiose (but smart) pop music with an emotional palette defined by authenticity and drive. Like fellow female-fronted trailblazers No Doubt, the group offers a diverse range of colorful moods within their songs, drifting seamlessly from the dense theatricality of Muse to focused melody of The Killers with the flair of Queen.

Lead singer Ansley Newman turns 18 the same year Jule Vera makes their debut on the Vans Warped Tour, where fans of everything from We Are The In Crowd to Lana Del Rey are sure to warm to their unique sound and Southern charm. Guitarist Jake Roland was just 17 and bassist William Stacey barely 19 when the trio first came together in 2013, before joining forces with guitarist Austin Jones and drummer Kyle “Hogarth” Horvath. Warped Tour, of course, helped launch both Katy Perry and Paramore, among others.

Friendly Enemies, the band’s debut EP for emergent tastemaker label Pure Noise Records, journeys from the breezily carefree to the dramatically endearing. Lead single “One Little String” and the heartfelt “Scarlet Letter” helped introduce the world to what regional fans already came to admire about Jule Vera on the road with artists like American Authors, Wild Cub, Terraplane Sun and American Idol winner David Cook.

The band hails from Opelika, Alabama (population: 28,000), nurtured by the state that gave us legendary icons like Hank Williams Sr., Nat King Cole, and Sun Ra, along with modern artisanal songsmiths The Civil Wars and Yelawolf. That attention to detail, catchy hooks and truly emotional delivery persists in JULE VERA, who have already had songs placed in MTV shows and hit #1 on the fledgling, crowd-driven Chartburst (a destination website for fans searching for future hitmakers) in less than two years.

Newman, Roland, and Stacey (a formidable solo songwriter in his own right) won a Battle Of The Bands before venturing off to what would become Jule Vera, garnering the attention of musician/producer Mitch Parks of the Grammy nominated After Edmund. Inspired gigs throughout the South kicked up a steady flow of attention from fans, critics and industry mavens alike, raising their profile with each brilliantly honest performance.

Jule Vera earned a deal with Sony/ATV publishing as well, and were handpicked by the prestigious High Road Touring booking agency, home to Wilco and Lucinda Williams. Veteran artist manager Chris Allen, who was instrumental in the development of heavy hitters All-American Rejects, Plain White T’s and All Time Low, represents Jule Vera.