Hailing from Russellville, AR—Deas Vail inks a deal with Mono vs Stereo, with 1 full length and 2 EP’s already under their belt the band gets set to release their sophomore full length album Birds & Cages at all digital outlets and available for purchase at all tour dates on October 27 with non-stop touring well into 2010. Currently you can find the band on the road with Mae and look for the band to kick into 2010 in high gear as they hit the road with Owl City on January 21 (full list of dates below.)
I have been all about Deas Vail for years, so when we came across the opportunity to sign them, it just made sense. I know this band has so many great songs still to come, and I am so excited about being able work with them. I believe they will really set a precedent for the kind of music that we will put out at Mono Vs Stereo, and I couldn’t think of a better first release for our new label. I am convinced that anyone who takes time to listen will agree that this band is special”– Matt Hoopes, Mono vs Stereo Head of A&R and Relient K guitarist.
The band formed a few years ago while its members were students at Arkansas Tech in the Midwestern hamlet of Russellville, AR.  While at school, Blaylock began writing songs he initially envisioned as solo works but as his affinity for the indie-rock scene grew, Deas Vail was born.
Mixing a unique blend of indie-rock with Wes Blaylock’s distinctive upper register range and falsetto joined by the unfailingly sharp and frenetic guitar work of Andy Moore, then add in the hauntingly melodic sounds from keyboardist Laura Blaylock and the driving and cunning rhythm section of drummer Kelsey Harelson and bassist Justin Froning you get the original sound that only Deas Vail creates.
“When we started, it was something we wanted to do because we enjoy music,” Blaylock said. “We write songs because we love songs. They make us happy or explain an experience. That’s why I grab hold of these songs and love them. It’s something we really care about.”
Deas Vail’s Birds & Cages is the second release from the newly revived record label, Mono vs. Stereo, a partnership between Gotee Records and Relient K.
Deas Vail is: Wes Blaylock – Vocals, Keys, Laura Blaylock – Keys, Synth, Kelsey Harelson – Drums , Andy Moore – Guitar and Justin Froning – Bass.
On tour now with Mae:
10/18          Neumo’s                                   Seattle, WA
10/19          The Venue                                Boise, ID
10/20          The Railyard                             Billings, MO
10/21          In The Venue                           Salt Lake City, UT
10/22          The Marquis                             Denver, CO
10/23          The Record Bar                       Kansas City, MO
10/24          Triple Rock Social Club           Minneapolis, MN
10/26          Aquarium                                   Fargo, ND
10/27          Off Broadway                            St. Louis, MO
10/28          Reggie’s                                    Chicago, IL
10/29          Southgate House                      Newport, KY
10/30          Musica                                        Akron, OH
10/31          Mixtape                                      Grand Rapids, MI
11/1            Skully’s                                      Columbus, OH
11/3            North Star Bar                           Philadelphia, PA
11/4            North Star Bar                           Philadelphia, PA
11/5            Middle East                               Boston, MA
11/6            The Fillmore                             New York, NY
11/7            School of Rock                        S. Hackensack, NJ
11/8            Black Cat                                  Washington, DC
With Owl City
1/21            Beaumont Club                         Kansas City, MO
1/22            Diamond Ballroom                    Oklahoma City, OK
1/23            The Pageant                                       St Louis, MO
1/24            Egyptian Room                          Minneapolis, MN
1/26            Majestic Theater                       Madison, WI
1/27            20th Century Theater               Cincinnati, OH
1/28            Newport Music Hall                            Columbus, OH
1/29            Rector                                                Towson, MD
1/30            Norva                                        Norfolk, VA
2/1              Music Farm                              Charleston, SC
2/2              Freebird Live                                      Jacksonville, FL
2/3              State Theater                           St Petersburg, FL
2/4              Culture Room                           Ft Lauderdale, FL
2/5              House Of Blues                         Orlando, FL
2/6              The Melting Pot                         Athens, GA
2/8              WorkPlay Theater                     Birmingham, AL
2/9              Varsity Theater                        Baton Rouge, LA
2/10            Revolution Music Room             Little Rock, AR


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