Veridia’s Pretty Lies EP is the band’s second release, a follow up to their 2014 debut EP, Inseperable. For their latest release, the band has taken a polished rock sound, threw in some electronica and strings influence to produce a catchy alt-rock record. As a female-fronted Christian rock band, apt comparisons to Fireflight and Icon for Hire are sure to arise.
If the electronic alt-rock catches your ear, the soaring vocals will make you stick around.
The EP’s running time clocks in at about 17 minutes, though one of the five songs is a remix cut of the eponymous title track; “Pretty Lies (Valot Remix)” will please the fans of electronics and synth, but, because of the short length of the release, listeners may feel like they just heard it. Add it to a playlist apart from the EP for more punch. The title track (the non-remixed version) is definitely the strongest of the record. The songwriting makes it instantly recognizable and the biggest earworm of the album. Also, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have metalcore powerhouse Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire provide guest vocals. The songs are catchy, sure crowdpleasers in a live setting, all easy to sing along with. “At The End of The World” offers a dynamic guitar solo and, though “Say a Prayer” has the slowest pace on the EP, it holds the most impressive vocal performance.
This release is geared more towards the pop-leaning public than Veridia’s previous work. It follows a fairly familiar formula; however, the synth and strings are welcome additions to inject more personality and keep it from becoming generic radio rock. If the electronic alt-rock catches your ear, the soaring vocals will make you stick around. Fans of Skillet or Red would feel right at home spinning this EP. Though it’s only a brief taste of the band, Veridia’s style is recognizable and, if they take advantage of the real estate a full-length album provides to expand and explore their sound, you should expect a very strong album from this young band.