When you live in Kansas City it is almost guaranteed that if you leave your home, even if it is just to run a 10 minute errand, you are going to run into somebody you recognize. I’ve run into Kristen May, the vocalist for the band Vedera, several times while browsing the CD racks at Streetside Records. At the Jenny Lewis concert I attended several months ago I decided to wear my old Vedera T-shirt. During the show I glanced back and realized that Kristen May was standing less than 5 feet away from me.
Vedera (formerly known as Veda before they realized that another band already had that name) is a local band. May’s big and dynamic voice soars over the band’s emo sound. In 2005 they released their first full-length recording, The Weight of an Empty Room. The third song on this album, “The Falling Kind,” is the song that stands out.
The lyrics to this song, though obscure and difficult to interpret, seem to abstractly consider the corrupting influence of worldly experience. “Should we even wonder why our hearts are torn? / Why our image is based on this broken city? / Should we ask ourselves why our lungs breathe in sickness? / Innocence is seen as weakness, / laughed at as naïve.”
However, the feature of this song that makes it special is the angst-ridden guitar solo towards the end of the song. The solo only includes a few notes but they are played with an eerie vibrato caused by guitarist Brian Little’s right hand moving faster than I thought was humanly possible.
The video version of “The Falling Kind” can be seen here. I’m not a huge fan of the straightjacket motif. Just don’t miss the solo! Also, you can see them perform the song live here and here.