The Mission Veo
Local fivesome the Mission Veo specializes in a dripping-black variety of dance-rock, shot through with tribal drumbeats, minor-key melodies, and darkwave keyboard stabs. And, sure, plenty of bands these days attempt this kind of dark dance-floor psychedelia, but the Mission Veo has another serious weapon in its arsenal: frontman Jonny. The spiky-haired scarf lover truly uses his voice as an instrument, taking it from deep, vibrating Peter Murphy-style incantations to high-end quavers and back. And with a glam, let's-put-on-a-show air when he performs live, he owns the stage, pacing, jumping, and fixing audience members with a piercing stare. Yes, it's all a bit dramatic, but that's the point — and the band has the musical chops to back it up. They recently played the Florida Music Festival to great reception. They'll take the stage at the local stop of the Warped Tour, having beat out dozens of other local hopefuls for the slot in a contest sponsored by the website Sonicbids.com.
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