Verona Lights are out of Melbourne, Victoria, and have recently released their newest album, titled Minos.
This is the second album vocalist Brendan Davine has appeared on, after joining the band to replace the original vocalist, but the first album Brendan feels like he has been able to flex full musical creativity.
“On Adrestia, the last album, I didn’t write any of the music,” Brendan explains, “That music was already sitting there when I joined. It had just been sitting there for years and I got to do the lyrics and the vocals how I felt was right, but I didn’t get to actually write any music. So with the new album, providing riffs and ideas, I think this album got even heavier, because I was able to write stuff.”
Brendan says Minos is a loosely based concept album, “If Adrestia was an album of self-discovery, Minos is an album of self-destruction.”
The themes of the 10 songs on Minos chronicle someone stuck in the cyclical patterns of mental health struggles; the back-and-forth of the protagonist working their way through those feelings and their self-deprecation.
Brendan does urge the listener to apply their own meaning to the songs, though. “I’m definitely one for ‘everyone should take what they get’ from hearing it.”
Listen to the full interview with Brendan to hear the complete story about Minos and where the band has their sights set in the future.