Published on August 23rd, 2012 | by Matt Edens

Local Artist Spotlight – Verdant Vera

Fresh off a Sony local music showcase win and a 4.5 star Nuvo review, Indianapolis based Verdant Vera is ready to show you they have what it takes.

Verdant Vera is

Josh Smith – lead vocals/keyboard
Zach Smith – guitar/vocals
Nathan Paine – guitar/bgv’s
Jake Satterfield – guitar
Jeremiah Maxwell – bass guitar
Brandon Randall – drums 

With inspirational influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Bowie and an entrancing live show, Verdant Vera is beginning to make a splash in the Indianapolis music scene.

I’ve had the pleasure of catching these guys live a few times and one thing that really caught my ear about them is their focus on soundscapes and mood.  Many times, especially in the local music scene, band members focus on their individual instruments so much, that the overall atmosphere that the song creates is neglected.  This is not the case with Verdant Vera.  Don’t get me wrong, their instrumentation is well orchestrated, their guitar tones are carefully manicured, bass grooves are smooth and appropriate, drumming is solid and vocals bring a great range, but you can sense a big picture mindset and that is refreshing.  There is a fullness without clatter, complexity without confusion and an air of confidence with humility.

The influences of the band are made very obvious (both from a writing and appearance perspective), even adding a cover song here and there to add to the respect shown.  You immediately feel that they belong in another musical era while in the same thought realize their current relevance.

This coming Saturday, August 25th marks the EP release concert for Verdant Vera’s self titled debut.  Overall the EP is very good for a freshmen effort.  Though you can see (through this album) that they are still growing as song writers and studio musicians, the future looks bright for this talented 6 piece and it gives you a good feel for the vibe they are going for.  But don’t take my word for it, come check them out on the 25th.  Cheers!

*Verdant Vera EP Release Show*
Earth House Collective
237 North East St, Indianapolis
Verdant Vera ( w/ special guests Indy based brother and sister duo, Our Imaginary Friends (
and Pittsburgh touring act, City Dwelling Nature Seekers (

$10 at the door
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Check out this track off the new album!





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