Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): Your single, “Curtains” is gaining traction on multiple platforms including our podcast, New Transcendence Radio, how to you feel the reaction has been?
James Marshall Stack (Keys): The reaction so far has been great. We’re definitely feeling a change in tide and are grateful for the support we’re receiving. On some platforms it’s gaining 4 times the momentum to our previous single. We hope this is going to help the growth of the band.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): How did the band come together? A brief history if you will.
Simon Jackman (Vocals): We’ve all played in different bands across a period of nearly 15 years. Me, Zak and Robbie started playing together when we were in school. We formed Veridian to create music that we enjoy listening to and that we feel fits well within the current scene. We’re all very close friends so the dynamic works well between us.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): Are there any tour options in the near future? – Is their anyone particular you’d like to tour with?
Jonny Slevin (Bass): We’re currently trying to get some dates booked in for the Autumn. We’d love to tour with other bands in the scene like Dream State or Normandie… And then eventually we’d love to get out on the road with bigger bands who influence us like Enter Shikari or Don Broco.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): Would you please explain to us and the readers what the symbols: ▧ ∦ ∞ ◎ ░ \\ mean?
Robbie Everett (Guitar): I don’t like to give too much away. A lot of what we do can be very cryptic, our last EP was name cryptically. It allows the listeners to take their own view on our branding and ideas. All we will say is you may see the “glyphs” develop as we release more music.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): Would you describe the concept of your video, “Curtains”? Did the video turn out how you and the band envisioned?
Robbie Everett (Guitar): The concept behind “Curtains” is that the majority of people will spend the majority of their day staring through a small portable window into a different world where everyone is rich, attractive and happy – and it’s not healthy. Our sense of success has been twisted and warped by being constantly reminded of what other people have, or at least what they pretend to have, and it leaves you with a deep sense of dissatisfaction with the world in which you inhabit. “Curtains” is about that dissatisfaction which has led to me feeling insecure and anxious about putting myself on a platform, to show the world what I have to offer, for fear that it will fall far short of the world’s new unattainable standards. “Curtains” is the first video that I directed myself for the band and I hope that our vision comes across to the viewer in whichever way they interpret it.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): Why did you pick the name Veridian? How did it pop for you to pick it?
Zak Watson (Drums): We spent almost a year trying to decide on a name. The final decision was made after scrolling through a list of names of colours. At one point we were leaning towards Vermillion but thought the connotations of the Slipknot tune didn’t quite suit us as a band.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): I appreciate your time talking to us, what would you like to say to the fans reading this?
Simon Jackman (Vocals): We’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to check out our music. Please feel free to engage with us on social media and spread the word.
Toney Emmons (New Transcendence Radio): What’s next in store for Veridian, What would you like to see happen or have under your belt soon?
Zak Watson (Drums): Well we’re working towards the release of our next EP. We’re currently prepping the next single and are about to shoot the video for the track. We’d like to get some more shows in before the end of the year and then hopefully jump on some festivals next summer.