Magazine article International Musician

Canadian Rock Band Veers onto US Charts

Magazine article International Musician

Canadian Rock Band Veers onto US Charts

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The band Veer Union has a pretty impressive musical résumé for being just five years old. Having performed with Seether, Hinder, Rev Theory, Black Stone Cherry, and The Killers, to name a few, they plan to make their way onto US Charts now.

In late 2004, The Veer Union was created by lead singer Crispin Earl and lead guitarist Eric Schraeder. both members of Local 145 (Vancouver, BC) "We started off playing in different bands and I think we were all getting frustrated in our situations. I was signed to a label and [Schraeder] was signed to a different label," says Earl, whose influences include Kiss, Alice in Chains, and ACDC. Earl had written some songs for Local 47 (Los Angeles) member Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe's drummer) for his solo CD, Tommyland: The Ride. Earl invested the money earned from that songwriting gig to restart his music career on a much different path.

"Eric and I hooked up one day and he was going through the same frustrations as me and we decided, you know what, we need to veer away from what we're doing because it's becoming too much about business and politics and the bands we were playing in," he says.

Paralleling prior struggles, the two founding members appropriated The Veer Union (TVU) as their official title-"veer," meaning "to change direction from one course to another," combined with "union," "a number of persons joined together for some common purpose."

Anxious to pursue their dream, the duo was introduced to TVU's three remaining members through a mutual friend while spending time in the studio. The lineup is rounded out by guitarist James "Fid" Fiddler, bassist Marc Roots, and drummer Neil Beaton, all of Local 145.

The rock quintet wasted no time and immediately went to work writing and recording their first batch of songs. Months later, they were approached and signed by a label. …

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