By EMMA MAX
Originally formed two years ago in Richmond, The Vermilions have found their way to Fredericksburg thanks to the efforts of UMW senior Jeremy Flax.
The band consists of Flax on guitar and lead vocals, Dan Hanyok on drums, David Miller on Bass, UMW senior Sam Protich on keyboards and UMW junior Kelsey Mayo on backing vocals. Though they frequented now-closed-but-soon-to-reopen downtown music venue The Loft last year, The Vermilions will play their first performance at the Underground this Friday.
Influenced heavily by The White Stripes, The Stooges and Cream, Flax described the band’s sound as an “edgy take on classic Americana.” One of the many appealing aspects of the band’s live set include lightening-tight guitar solos that imply a modern, edgy take on more traditional sounds. Their loud, up-tempo numbers are sure to draw a crowd and bring some noise to a quiet Friday night campus.
When asked what the most important thing students should know about the band before they go see the set, Flax said: “We sound like Chuck Berry on crack.”
The Vermilions hit the Underground on Friday Sept. 11 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. as part of the weekly student organized events.