The Veer Union was formed in 2004 by vocalist Crispin Earl and guitarist Eric Schreaeder. Originally from Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, the two longtime friends and neighbors had a common bond. “We had played in bands together and we were both living out of our rehearsal studios in downtown East Vancouver,” recalls Crispin.
Living for their music was to become the thing that held the UNION together. Crispin, who was the vocalist for the popular local band called Everything After, was gaining national attention as a songwriter with credits on Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee’s solo CD Tommyland: The Ride. Eric, who has recently relocated back to Vancouver after a stint in Los Angeles playing with the band 40 Foot Echo (Hollywood Records), was working on projects of his own. The two wrote music together for months and found their styles extremely compatible.
The Veer Union made their mark in 2009 with the top 10 hit single “Seasons” off their debut album Against The Grain, which peaked at #7 and was the longest charting rock song for a new artist all year. It became the theme song for the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Seasons” was also featured in all Major League Baseball postseason telecast as well as NFL, NASCAR, ESPN, WWE, NHL and more. Their second release “Youth of Yesterday” was the highest added song to rock radio first week of its release. They have played shows and festivals with acts such as Hinder, Breaking Benjamin, Framing Hanley, 30 Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, Staind, Seether and Theory of a Deadman.
They are set to release their highly anticipated sophomore LP Divide the Blackened Sky on March 26, 2012 after signing their recent deal (Rocket Science/Adaptation/SONY/RED).The majority of the album was self-produced, written and recorded by the band. In addition, production on the first single “Bitter End” was handled by world renowned producer Brian Howes (Nickelback, Hinder, Skillet, Puddle Of Mudd, Rev Theory) and was mixed by Jay Van Poederooyen. “The first single Bitter End describes the band overcoming the struggles of the past, and persevering into a brighter future."
The band will be heading back out to tour in 2012 and already has shows booked this spring with successful bands such as My Darkest Days and Red Tide Rising.