Columbia, South Carolina rock band Villa*Nova is currently touring in support of their most recent release, 2015’s Thread of Life. The album blasts out of the speakers from the first riff like a recasting of amped-up guitar pop with a contemporary spin, presenting a potent, soulful alternative rock act with energy and catchy hooks on songs such as “Blackhole”, “Bed”, and “Get Out.”
Villa*Nova will be appearing at O’Mainins Pub in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday November 12th.
Villa*Nova, currently independent, was previously signed to Universal Republic (now Republic) and recorded their 2012 “WTF the EP” in LA with super producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Daughtry, Hoobastank, Seether) under the band name Weaving The Fate, before reverting back to its original moniker and a focus on the soulful, funky alternative rock with which it began.. The band has shared stages with everyone from Korn to Shinedown, Evanescence, Slash, AWOLNATION, Staind, Chevelle, Filter, Crossfade, Dirty Heads, Nappy Roots, REHAB, and more.
So, Villa*Nova is back, even though they never really left. The new album is a step both forward and backwards–revisiting the energy and melodicism that gained them notoriety in the first place, a celebratory, positive set of songs that just feel like the soundtrack to a really great party, shifting from power pop to reggae rhythms into light funk grooves.
“I’ve certainly written my fair share of dark, depressing rock songs and I’m sure the day will come when more will appear on a record, but for now this one is about getting uplifted and being thankful, overcoming negativity in any and all forms,” Singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Brian Conner states.
That happiness comes from knowing, and owning, who they are as a band, he adds.
“We came to a point as a band where we understood we’ll never be Slayer, or Avenged Sevenfold or any of the really heavy bands we admire,” Conner says. “But there is enough of that out there–our strengths draw from a solid pocket of groove and a foundation in soul that comes out as funky alternative rock music, as Villa*Nova.”
For more on Villa*Nova, see www.villanovarocks.com
VILLA*NOVA @ O’Mainins Pub, Bristol, TN, Saturday, November 12th