Tula Vera is an indie garage rock band out of Montclair, New Jersey comprised of Calvin Pyle (drums), Claire Parcells (vocals). Dylan Drummond (guitar) and Ian Dillingham (bass). The band formed in early 2015 and by the end of the year released a six song self-titled EP Tula Vera.
The band hasn’t cemented too much of a distinct sound at this point but they do show a good amount of potential. Tula Vera is an indie rock band through and through. The songs are unpretentious fun that is easy to enjoy and appreciate. Take for instance the opener “Sunspot” which contains a surf rock style drumbeat and a catchy vocal melody provided by Parcells. Kudos to the band for picking such an upbeat, energetic song to start things off with.
The next track “Dress To Impress” takes the energy down ever so slightly. It’s another well- written and well delivered song. No one in the band seems to be overcompensating and presents a very well rounded assortment of sounds. As the album progresses the band continues to showcase their talent.
“Time” and “ “Sixfold Screwup” are straightforward indie rock songs but “Human Progress” does have a bluesy swagger to it that mends well with their style. They close with “Lonely's Only” which is hard hitting rock with tinges of classic rock. The guitar solo is well played on this song and Parcells delivers another solid vocal performance.
Tula Vera is in the embryonic stage of their development but are already showing enough skill to continue doing what they are doing. If they continue to evolve and carve out their own sound I can only imagine good things to come for the band.
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