Rock and Roll Report Focus on Vary Lumar

Vary Lumar is a quartet of musicians from Boston, Massachusetts. As the band has said, the most important thing you need to know is that the band has various influences that show up in their songs, which helps to create the varying styles that show up in the band’s rock music.

The band is made up of four talented musicians that help shape the band’s music. The band members are: Paul De Pasquale on vocals/guitar/keyboards, Ben Case on guitar, Rob Laff on bass, and Rob Fusco on drums.

Together, these four musicians have created one of the most enjoyable rock releases in a long time. The band released their album, Waiting Room, in early 2008. Since then, the band has had a lot of great coverage, which includes having the album named album of the month by Northeast Performer Magazine. With the type of fine musicianship that the members of the band exhibit on the songs, it is easy to see how the album could acquire that honor.

Vary Lumar’s Waiting Room is an album that never gets dull. The band takes their influences and creates an ever-changing landscape of music that alternates between rock, punk rock, and instrumental rock.

The album starts off with a solid track called “Next Step”. The track features a rather strong beat from Rob Fusco that starts off the song before the rest of the band kicks in. The track has a moderate pace to the music but a driving feel to the music. The result is a song with an Alternative Rock approach to the song that brings to mind artists like Candlebox from the beginning of the Alternative Rock era.

Vary Lumar creates a jamband feel to their music on the track “Nothing Left” as the track fades in. The track that was already in progress before the listener joined in eventually finds the band creating another Alternative Rock-based song. But with the listener having already experiencing a small dose of an extended jam, the track features a dual-level approach to the music as the band creates the song.

After several songs with an “up” feel to the music as the previous tracks all have upbeat approaches to the music, Vary Lumar changes the feel of their music with the track “Terminal”. The slower pace to the music, as well as the easier feel of the music itself reminds the listener of an Indie Rock track. The track’s music might remind you of something from the Louisville, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket…without the over-produced feel to the music that is.

Speaking of a slower, easier feel to the music on the album, two more songs on the release that also share that easier musical approach are the tracks Great Change” and Cosmopolitic”. Both “Great Change” and “Cosmopolitic” show the band’s ability to play their instruments and also provide the listener some proof that there are some bands in the music industry that know how to compose their songs. The difference between the two tracks is that “Cosmopolitic” comes complete with lyrics. The result is that the track feels like a Lounge Jazz song with a very laidback feel to it.

Other songs on Vary Lumar’s Waiting Room album that are worth the time to check out are Inside Greenwich Village, and Suckerpunch. And the album comes to a close with the album’s title track.

On “Waiting Room,” Vary Lumar once again creates a track very much in the same vein as the song “Nothing Left” as the title track again brings to mind a slow, soft song with an extended intro to the song. Once the track is fully realized, the music again comes with a rather expansive feel to the track, making it feel much larger than it actually is.  

The whole Waiting Room album from Vary Lumar makes for a wonderful listening experience. While the album could easily be played through your stereo system to fill up an entire room, the experience of putting headphones on and simply allowing the music to take you over cannot be beat. This is a strong release for doing just that.

As you make your way through the release, it makes me wonder what the major labels are looking for when a band like Vary Lumar can release an album like Waiting Room and have to release it on an indie label. It does not matter, however. What is a loss for the major labels ends up being a wonderful find for Swoom Records. An album like this shows you that much of today’s most creative music is not being released on the major labels, but on the many smaller independent record labels.

Vary Lumar is a band that needs to be discovered. And the band’s album, Waiting Room, needs to be heard. The band can be found at www.varylumar.com. You can also find them on MySpace at www.myspace.com/varylumar.

Matheson

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