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Album Review

Blending the sweet uncertainty of pop-punk, the drive of skatepunk, and the soaring guitars of old-fashioned arena-ready power pop, Veara deliver an album that's equal parts earnest and energetic with Growing Up Is Killing Me. The third effort from the Augusta, Georgia quartet, the album offers up a take on pop-punk that walks the tightrope of feeling youthful without falling into the twin hazards of sophomoric irreverence and teenage melodrama. While the songs themselves, with their huge guitars and stampeding drums, feel huge, there's a realness about the lyrics that helps to keep the whole thing grounded in reality. On "Between Friends and a Hard Place," the song's narrator is caught in the middle of a group of friends that's dissolving and, in the spirit of coming of age evoked by the album's title, decides to let those friends sort things out for themselves rather than get caught up in the drama. These situations help to make Growing Up Is Killing Me an album that can provide advice to those moving into this stage of their lives while still being relatable to an older set, acting as both cautionary tale and fond reminiscence. While the title might be a lamentation on becoming older and more mature, Veara seem to be taking it in stride. Fortunately for them, their sound still has plenty of fire in it, so even though they might feel more grown-up, they're still a long way from sounding old.

Customer Reviews

Grand Slam!!!!!!

Veara knocked this one out of the park

Veara deserve a lot more attention

these guys (and girl) deserve to be huge. their music is so full of energy and the lyrics are very fitting. many awesome guest appearances on this album just prove how professional they are. ive seen them live 3 times and you should never miss a show from this band if you get a chance to see them. this album is definitely worth a buy


Born: 2003 in Augusta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a take on pop punk that skews more toward the introspective and existential than typical teenage angst and heartache, Veara have been exploring the emotional limits of the genre since their formation in 2003. Formed in Augusta, Georgia by bassist Bryan Kerr, drummer Brittany Harrell, and guitarist Patrick Bambrick, the trio would go through a number of members before solidifying the lineup by recruiting singer Bradley Wyrosdick. Their debut, The Walls Have Ears, arrived in 2007 on Wisteria Records....
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