Verperteen - Colin Rigsby does many things well—but domesticity is not one of them.
Rigsby, who has been playing drums since the age of 12, took a stab at civilian life following more than a decade of writing, recording, and touring the world with his band House of Heroes, but it didn’t take very well. After the band had started to wind down I tried to take a break from music and be very domesticated and get into other hobbies, he said. Nothing really stuck and I asked a friend who’s a local promoter to throw me on as an acoustic opener for any shows he had. I fleshed out a bunch of unfinished songs I had started over the years and just started figuring out how to be a solo guy playing guitar and singing.What started out as a remedy for restlessness, however, soon developed into a full-blown passion and the beginnings of Rigsby’s new solo project--Vesperteen. Within a few months of going solo Rigsby had penned a new batch of songs and teamed up with his good friend and accomplished music producer, Jesse Cale, to produce Vesperteen’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in September 2015. Vesperteen’s pop/rock sound, reminiscent of bands like The 1975 and Bleachers, has connected with a large audience. In just over a year, Rigsby has accrued more than 10,000 followers across social media platforms and generated 150,000 plays on Spotify as an independent artist. Additionally, Vesperteen has toured the Midwest and opened for several national acts including Family Force Five and Layne. The goal, said Rigsby, is to play as many shows as possible, record more music and to continue connecting with his audience in meaningful ways. I want people to hear ideas they’ve never considered, feel things along with me, find some solidarity, exorcise some demons and move their bodies, he said. Vesperteen recently released a new single, What We Could Have Been, on Sept. 16 and will be touring extensively this fall.
Rising from Washington DC, EXNATIONS is a new kind of alternative pop band. Born from a studio experiment of vocalist/guitarist, Josh Reich and drummer, Taylor Hughes, the group came to life in late 2015 when they recruited guitarist, Gaelen Smith. The band's sound is defined by a deep exploration in the symbiotic relationship between organic and synthetic sounds. Lyrically, the group explores topics ranging from interpersonal relationships to finding light in dark places. The band will continue touring the east coast in support of their "Found You" Remix EP released on April 22nd.
EXNATIONS are currently in the studio recording their debut album which is slated for release later this year.
Brighter The Moon
Brighter The Moon is an up and coming Virginia rock band. Inspired by the sounds of some of their favorite musicians such as Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Andrew McMahon (SoCo, Jack's Mannequin), Brighter The Moon brings a unique sound focused on placing meaningful, heartfelt lyrics around driving melodies. With two EP's under their belt, Brighter The Moon has already shared the stage with many national touring acts such as New Politics, Morning Parade, Smallpools, The Dangerous Summer, RDGLDGRN, Rookie Of The Year, Transit, Hit The Lights, Sparks The Rescue and many more. The boys of Brighter The Moon have also been featured in XL102 Richmond's Rock Station's Artist in Residence Project. The guys are currently touring on their latest release, "In Search For Sound".