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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Motown Records
  • ASIN: B001UGIS1G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vancouver, Canada's THE VEER UNION is a young band with the future on their mind. "The majority of our songs are about hope. The band has been through its ups and downs and hope has gotten us this far," says vocalist Crispin Earl. "Our songs are about our life experiences and our view isn't spiteful or cynical." It is that optimism, combined with their drive and work ethic that promises to translate THE VEER UNION's success to the U.S. market. The band was formed in late 2004 by Crispin Earl and guitarist, Eric Schraeder. Originally from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, the two longtime friends and neighbors had a common bond: "We had played in bands together and we were both living out of our rehearsal studios in downtown East Vancouver," recalls Crispin. Living for their music was to become the thing that held the UNION together. Crispin, who was then the vocalist for a popular local band called Everything After, was gaining national attention as a songwriter with credits on Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee's solo CD Tommyland: The Ride. Eric, who had recently relocated back to Vancouver after a stint in Los Angeles playing with the band 40 Foot Echo (Hollywood Records), was working on projects of his own. The two wrote music together for months and found their styles extremely compatible. After this productive time, they determined it was time to find bandmates who shared their mindset. While multi-instrumentalists Eric and Crispin were recording demos for what was to become their major label debut -- AGAINST THE GRAIN -- they were introduced to Marc Roots (Roots) and James Fiddler (Fid) through a mutual friend. The bassist and guitarist had been in bands together and had been out on the road for some time. The four became close friends and formed a strong bond before they had even picked up instruments to jam with one another. Neil Beaton, a drummer from Langley, BC entered the fold when the band lost their original drummer. Having spent time on the road with the band as the drum tech, he understood and shared the strong bond between the band members and their drive to succeed . After nearly two years of endless touring across the continent, the band signed a record deal with Universal Motown Records and recorded AGAINST THE GRAIN with producer Greg Archilla (Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Buckcherry) with a couple of tracks produced by Brian Howes (Hinder, Hedley, Daughtry and Rev Theory). Their anthemic tracks stick in your head long after the first listen. Guitar-driven, "Seasons" features a particularly powerful vocal performance from Crispin. "Over Me" delivers the message of regret over an evocative musical landscape where Eric and Fid truly shine. "Seasons, lyrically, is about seizing the day," says Eric. "It's a sick live track -- really cool to play." Young, energetic and riding high on great audience response to their live sets, THE VEER UNION are ready to detour their way onto America's playlists.

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Pretty good lyrics.
Darrin Pfaff
This is a must listen to!
Kara Courtaway
Fantastic Debut album.
Blackout

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carole Eigsti on April 25, 2009
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I was very impressed with this debut album from The Veer Union. I had heard of them before via myspace and saw them in concert last February. When you compare this album to Nickelback's first album, it is amazing to think Nickelback got anywhere! So raw. But this album is very polished for a first album. The vocals are amazing. I love the harmonies as well. The lyrics are well thought out. I expect great things from this band and highly recommend them. See them in concert if you have a chance, they are so energetic and fun!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Anderson on April 23, 2009
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I saw this band last Sunday and instantly knew I was going to buy the CD. These guys do NOT disappoint! I love each and every song on this CD and listen to it all the time. They are real down-to-earth guys who know how to make great music and will only get bigger! Buy this CD and you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony L. Eccles on September 13, 2009
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This bands first single really grabbed my attention but the album didn't hold it for too long. The Veer Union have a pretty good sound that is radio friendly and on first listen through the album in its entirety you'll probably like it. My only complaint is that they didn't do more songs like "Seasons." Which is a shame because that song is really good! All in all Veer Union is a decent, albeit slightly generic, alt rock band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ylrebmik82 on August 6, 2011
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these guys are one of my favorite bands. i saw them opening for another band burn halo ( who is also awesome. check em out if u dont know) where i live in the bay area cali. i saw them 3 times in one week and started liking them more each time. ended up flying to middle of no where iowa to see them over a holiday weekend the next month (my bff had a friend out there she wanted to visit and so we scheduled our visit while they were at a tour stop there, don't think im a creeper or anything). these guys are great live too and are really down to earth and appreciative of their fans as well.
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By Steven on September 13, 2009
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Ever since I saw the Veer Union perform for the first time, I knew they were something special. I've never been as lucky to have $5 in my pocket to buy their promo CD. When I got it, it immediately went onto my iPod and I loved every song. While I did favor some over the others, I genuinely liked every track on the promo CD. Not many bands have done that for me.

Then I bought Against The Grain. Once again, I genuinely liked every song. "Seasons" and "Over Me" made a return, for they had appeared on the promo CD, and they were joined by great tracks like "Darker Side of Me", "I'm Sorry", "Your Love Kills Me", "Final Moment", and "Into Your Garden". They are mostly soft rock songs, but they also display a talent for hard rock and they sound amazing.

So overall, this is one of the best CD's I have ever bought and everyone I've recommended it to has loved it as well.
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By Derek E on September 7, 2009
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I picked up this cd immediately when it came out and i haven't stopped listening ti it yet. this is one of the best debut albums i have heard in some time. all parts, vocals guitar bass and drums, sound and fit together perfectly and sound well polished. this is a must have for everyone. the perfect combination of hard rock along with great harmony. crispin's vocals are amazing. cannot wait to see what comes of this band in the future as they have huge potential.
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I hadn't heard of this group until yesterday on YouTube. I stumbled upon one of their songs and it immediately grabbed me. I then checked all the songs available from "Against the Grain" and was awestruck at how good they were and jumped on Amazon and bought the CD. There will be no disappointment in this CD.
They are definitely a step above some big name groups out there playing right now and down right put some to shame.
Buy it and enjoy it!
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By Blackout on February 16, 2010
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Fantastic Debut album. I am looking forward to material from these guys in the future. This is exactly the kinda music i love. Only complaint is that the songs are really very short. But i suppose it prevents that feeling that the song is just dragging and dragging. But I just kinda stumbled across this band, and so glad i did. I can listen to the whole album all the way through! keep rockin Veer Union! I hope to see them in concert soon!
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