The VeeVees are Detroit bombshell Sophia Urista with the
wails, roaming poet Garrett Cillo strumming strings and Italian powerhouse
Andrea Belfiore on the skins.
There was a time when rock and roll wasn't just
another musical genre, it was an attitude. A way to give voice to the voiceless
in times of despair, passion, heartbreak, and rage. It was the limbo that
guttural sex and violent drug abuse danced in through a reckless journey to a
loud decay. It was a beautiful bomb. As Dylan would say, "the times they are
a-changin'". And although it's not likely the world will ever see another
Hendrix or Zeppelin, there are still those who believe in the dark glory days
Yearning for those dog-days is The VeeVees. This rock band from Brooklyn has little concern for anything other than creating raw,
truthful, visceral music.
Frontman Garrett Cillo first met powerhouse
drummer, Andrea Belfiore, at an underground masquerade on Halloween night in
New York City's Chinatown, circa 2011. Cillo, being an avid songwriter, was
immediately drawn to Andrea's incredible adaptability with any composition
thrown his way.
The duo hammered on, quickly garnering an exciting ten song
set. From that set, the band pushed for their debut EP, hooking up with versatile
Producer/Engineer Ben Rice of Degraw Studios. The VeeVees along with Mr. Rice
arose from the studio with a strong debut aptly titled, "Tell Me It's
Electric". The sound of the EP emulates a grooving, infectious and heavy
nature, setting an exhilarated mood. It's one you can turn on late at night in
the confines of your own bed to visualize and replay your own personal
fantasies. This original soundtrack seems to be the mere kickoff to a long,
prosperous journey among The VeeVees' rocking vessel. If "Tell Me It's
Electric" is any indication of what's to come for these vicious
Brooklynites, then hold on to your sanity and keep your arms and legs inside
the coaster at all times. "Tell Me It's Electric" was released August
The EP was followed by the release of the duo’s first single
‘DOG DAY REVEL’. The song’s music video was entirely written and directed by
On April 11th 2013, after hearing the song ‘BRUNETTE BABE’
from an iPhone video, producer Roy Hendrickson (which credits include Paul
McCartney, James McCartney, Mary J Blige, POD, Cheap Trick) asked the band to
record the song the following day. The VeeVees recorded ‘Brunette Babe’ in
legendary Studio A at AVATAR STUDIOS, NYC on April 12th 2013 in a 4 hours
"Brunette Babe" was released October 25th 2013
followed by its music video premier directed by Cillo.
On July 13th 2013, the band made their first overseas trip to
play at the AREZZO WAVE FESTIVAL, one of the biggest rock festivals in Italy. The
VeeVees were one of the only two bands selected out of over 200 submissions
(through Sonicbids) from Canada, United States, Brazil, Japan, France, Norway,
Denmark, Austria, Hungry and others.
The VeeVees released single "MAIN
SQUEEZE", on December 23rd 2013 and single "GROOVIN' SWOON" on
March 6th 2014.
The Rock n' Roll trio
Nearly two years after headlining over 100 shows across the US and internationally as a duo, Cillo and Belfiore asked their good friend and incredible vocalist Sophia Urista to have a simple jam together one day. "It was so electrifying that not asking Sophia to join the band would have been a wasted opportunity", Cillo adds.
Her collaborations alone include legends such as Ashford and Simpson, and Quincy Jones.
The "new" VeeVees recently debuted on the west coast by playing two electrifying shows at The Mint and Viper Room in Los Angeles. Soon after the shows, the band was invited to record a track by renowned producer James Saez.
Now that the three rockers have joined forces, they truly know no limits. The trio now resides in an infinite upward spiral of rock and roll creation preparing to wow every person they cross.