of Verona are a trio from Los Angeles that have created their own distinct sound. A blend of electronica sprinkled with a dash of indie rock, shaken up with some alt pop from the future, the band have a huge following of faithful fans. About to embark for some live dates in London in March, of Verona spoke to AMBY about The White Apple, the band’s name and some guy shooting guns in his underwear.
AMBY: What has the band been up to lately?
of Verona: We recently released our debut album, The White Apple, and people seem to be really responding well to it, which feels amazing. We’ve also played some fun shows like Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival and MTV’s Woodie’s Festival. This year we are really going to be taking our show on the road, starting with the UK this March. And we are always working on new music.
AMBY: How would you describe of Verona’s music to others?
of Verona: We’re an amalgamation of several genres, so its pretty difficult to define – but it’s a blend of futuristic/indie rock and electro alt pop.
AMBY: Where did the name of Verona come from?
of Verona: It’s comes from the play ‘Two Gentleman of Verona,’ which is the smallest of any of Shakespeare’s plays. It survived against the bigger plays such as “Macbeth and “Taming of the Shrew” on the sheer virtue of the story. I was an English Lit major at UC Berkeley and I always thought if I had a band, it would survive on the talents of its members as opposed to any sort of trickery or fake buzz.
AMBY: How would you describe your new album The White Apple in four words?
of Verona: Beautifully melodic, hauntingly real.
AMBY: Who are your biggest musical influences?
of Verona: A lot of the classic rock artists and bands – Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, with fringe artists like Bjork, Garbage and Radiohead
AMBY: Mandi’s Twitter says she lives in Los Angeles (Via Toronto), is she Canadian? And if so, how did she end up in L.A.?
Mandi: I am Canadian and was born and raised in Toronto. It’s a truly beautiful place to grow up. I then moved to California to attend University and to pursue a career in Music.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
of Verona: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Homogenic by Bjork and Zeppelin III.
AMBY: What can people expect at your live shows?
of Verona: The best way to truly experience our songs is to see them performed live. We have a cool visual element to our show so people can see the music while they are hearing it. We wanted to create an all-encompassing show that the audience could really feel.
AMBY: What is the craziest thing to happen to you while touring?
of Verona: No TV’s off balconies just yet, but that could very well happen later this year. We did have an interesting experience at a studio we stayed at after playing in El Paso. I can’t go into specifics but it included the owner of the place in his underwear and shooting a lot of guns.
AMBY: What do you do outside of music for fun?
Mandi: I read a lot books and also like getting outside to go hiking. It’s a blessing living in a place like LA where the weather is great all year round.
AMBY: What song could you live without ever hearing again?
of Verona: Art is really subjective so I think we all have different songs.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about of Verona that nobody knows yet?
Mandi: Dillon has been living on my couch part time for almost two years now and some of “The White Apple,” was written and recorded in my living room.
Thank you of Verona, for giving us your answers!
Alicia & Yaz Atout