Canadian quintet, Vesuvius, releases their debut album, “My Place of Solace and Rest” today. The highly anticipated record includes a feature from Ben English of Invent, Animate. The band is extremely proud of the dedication that was put into the genre-bending album which includes enchanting melodies and brutal breakdowns which leaves the listener wanting more. Vocalist Billy Melsness explains, “For roughly 5 years now, I have been trying to pursue my lifelong passion of writing and performing music across the world with my best friends. This past year has been absolutely incredible for Vesuvius, and we’re beyond exhilarated to finally be releasing our debut record, “My Place of Solace and Rest” via Tragic Hero Records.”
Vesuvius kicked off their Canadian run of dates on 5/6 on the “My Place of Solace and Rest Tour pt I” with The Parallel. The tour wraps up on May 17th and then in July will start pt II of the tour, which will be the band’s first time playing in the U.S. and features support from Change Is and Curses.
The band is extremely grateful for all the support they’ve gotten thus far, Melsness said, “thank you so much to everyone who has stood by us and had faith in what we do, our gratitude for each and every one of you is utterly stratospheric.”
The album is available digitally at the outlets below and physical copies along with new merch can be purchased at merchbucket.
“My Place of Solace and Rest Tour” pt I
Hailing from Ottawa, ON., Vesuvius brings forth an identity that cannot be disclosed within one particular genre of music. Since their formation in early 2015, the band began working on a blueprint that encompasses a vast expanse of musical influences and intends on defying the millennial archetype of what the youth of today deem to be a rock or metal act.
Unlike the majority of bands playing in their scene today, Vesuvius is a composition of organic means. Ben Cooligan (vocals), Billy Melsness (vocals), Robin Parsons (synth/turntables), Michael Luc Malo (guitars) and Carter Peak (percussion) came together as five friends with a unanimous goal to transform what was once a hobby into a labour of love and passion. Their quintet dynamic allows for them to translate an incredibly emotive craft into an energetic and wholly entertaining live performance from beginning until completion.
Their first full length album, “My Place of Solace and Rest” (tracks 1-4 engineered/mixed/mastered by Frank Shooflar , tracks 5-8 mixed/mastered by Shooflar and engineered by Doug Meadows) was an integral component of how the band caught the eye of Tragic Hero Records. “We have personal friends who have partnered with Tragic Hero Records and swear by the company. We wanted to make sure to work with a label that cares about their artists’ creative integrity, making Tragic the most suitable route to take” Melsness said.
“My Place of Solace and Rest” will be the debut of what the band trademarks as the “Vesuvius sound”. Cooligan describes it as “a theme implemented throughout the music that refers to the structure of each piece the two have put together. Each song is structured with an “emotional crux” often sitting in the middle of the piece. Throughout the build and break of the tracks, each piece ebbs and flows in order to create the greatest impact when it reaches its climax.”
The album will be released on May 6th and the band plans to tour in support of the record.