Released last October, Vekora’s debut self-titled album has been bringing in ears, and today the band is offering up their song, “Alleviation,” for listening. The band — featuring Kurt Schmidt, Alexandra Wendt, Jesse Sprinkle and Brian Moore (left-to-right in that picture) — might ring some bells for long-time listeners; Sprinkle was a member of early Demon Hunter, Poor Old Lu and Dead Poetic. Related: The band’s fictitious holiday is tomorrow, and, in celebration, is offering their full-length album to everyone for only five bucks all day. (Side note: Sprinkle was also in Pacifico for a time, who just debuted their latest puppet-based music video with HM.)

In the mean time, enjoy the music and happy National Vekora Day.

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