The Velies - an endeavor by Quad Cities music veterans Mo Carter, Tom Swanson, Aaron Jorgenson, and Marty Reyhons – formed in late 2015 after Carter’s and Swanson’s bands, (Busted Chandeliers and Jim The Mule, respectively) called it quits. Jorgenson (Funk Odysssey) and Reyhons (Tripmaster Monkey, Einstein’s Sister, Jim The Mule) were asked to join the band after Carter and Swanson performed for about a year as the acoustic cover band, Barstool Boogaloo, and The Velies was born.
The band writes, records, and performs introspective original music. They rely on the organic-meets-electric sound of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, ukulele, keyboards, and drums as the aural bed for rustic vocals. Carter and Swanson typically share lead vocal duties while all members lend supporting roles in that department, often exchanging and intertwining parts.
The Velies create bittersweet songs with lonesome undertones that can meander while maintaining a true sense of urgency, whether wrapped in a shiny, upbeat pop façade or a bombastic, gritty rock & roll head banger. To date The Velies have had the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage with luminaries including Chrash, Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Mountain Swallower, Terra Lightfoot, The Candymakers, The Dawn, The Donkeys, The Still Tide, and Wild Rivers, to name a few.
The Velies released their debut EP, Caught In Places, in April of 2018 and are currently working on their next recording project.