The Vernes explore the boundaries of indie pop on new LP

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The Vernes | photo by Crosby Clouse | courtesy of the artist

Philly favorites The Vernes just dropped their new LP Maybe I’ll Feel Better When I’m Dead, which will feel to a first-time listener like unearthing a rare gem. What begins as your average indie pop album delivers something delightful and unexpected.

The title track follows the formulaic lure of any indie rock single — you can’t help but sing along by the second and third listen. Vocalist Matthew Gragg employs the yelling-from-across-the-room technique of beach pop bands to create a spacey, echoing distance.

“Murder in Db” drags a sedated weight, the instrumentals a restless grumble. Acoustic tracks like “Zurich 1953” offer quiet solace like abandoned rest stops on a rocky road trip. The scratchy “MTV Revisited” plays with warped samples and Velvet Underground inspired solos, tossing a pinch of Southern-sounding harmonica into the recipe. Closer “Tired Shoes” pushes the experimentation, adding a big band rhythm section, jazzy trumpet solos petering out, a tolling piano chord sustained.

The Vernes have a gig at Boot & Saddle on October 11, tickets + info here. Stream the full LP below.

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