Meet the band – The Verinos

We formed in July 2021 and life as a band has been exciting and fun ever since! We asked the band members what they like doing apart from playing in the band …

Volcano Verino has played drums since July 2021.

“Walking in muddy countryside, starry skies, whisky, knocking bits off wood.”

Vi Verino is an ex-choir member, now a punk rock singer!

“Sitting in front of an open fire, cuddling cats and dogs, watching Guy Richie or Tarantino films”

Vee Dee Verino only started playing bass this year.

“Racing pigeons, chasing patterns, making pompoms, colouring in”

Vim Verino started the band to show what older women can do. She was previously in Ruth’s Refrigerator, and is still playing with her band Po!

“Growing vegetables and making a mess”

Vixen Verino plays keyboard and was also in the 1990s band Ruth’s Refrigerator.

“Waving at animals, welding and walking alpacas”

The Verinos will be recording their next song and YouTube video very soon. Look and listen out for it!

The Verinos – No Time to Form a Band?

The first song of our set is the song ‘No Time to Form a Band‘ which is a 1-chord song written by Vim and Vixen before all the members of the band had been found. The idea was that by having just one chord, it would make the song playable by anyone new to playing guitar or bass.

“What’s the bassline? shouts VeeDee? “It’s E E E E E E E E E E E …”

Em Chord - E Minor Chord - How to Play a Em Guitar Chord | ChordBank
This is a picture representation or chord window showing where you should put your 2nd and 3rd finger on a guitar to form E minor

Here’s a picture of Vim and Vixen on 24th May 2021 – the day we wrote ‘No Time to Form a Band”. In order to be properly creative, we booked a serious artists’ work room in the LCB Depot in Leicester. And, as you can see, we had a lot of fun. It was a room where passers-by could see that a couple of middle-aged women were pratting about planning to form a band.

Here’s the words; it’s a list of excuses why women might not have time to form a band. But of course, at the end of the song, the words change to ‘there’s always time to form a band.’

Got to wash the dishes; Got to feed the cat
Got to learn to Zumba; Got to find a hat

So many things to do … we’ll never have time to form a band
So many things to do … we’ll never have time to form a band

Got to pick a number; Got to go to Greece
Got to get on Tik Tok; Got to buy the cheese

So many things to do … we’ll never have time to form a band
So many things to do … we’ll never have time to form a band

Got to put the bin out; Got to write some code
Got to book the tickets; Got to hit the road

So many things to do, but there’s always time to form a band
So many things to do, but there’s always time to form a band

If you want to hear what the song sounds like, you’ll have to wait until we record it, or, alternatively, come to Duffys Bar in Leicester on Thursday December 9th. Why? Because we’ve just had another gig confirmed – this time supporting act for The DeRellas. We’re really looking forward to it!

The Verinos second gig

The Verinos played our second gig at The Soundhouse Leicester last month as an audition for the next Glastonbudget Festival in June 2022. The audience really loved it and we’ve now been confirmed for our first festival.

The Soundhouse Leicester - Visit Leicester

The Soundhouse is a cool music pub painted blue that hosts open mic nights, local bands and touring acts from the UK and overseas. Promoter Muz had been so positive about the idea of The Verinos, that we felt we’d be welcomed. We know we’re not as technically skilled as some of the usual bands that play there; our instruments are cheap or borrowed and we haven’t had much live experience.

But what we do have is confidence and energy!

Here we are hanging about before the gig. The other bands that were playing were really friendly and let us use their drum kit. They were interested to hear about what we’re trying to do, and very encouraging – old-fashioned sexist attitudes really do seem to be changing in the world of music!

We had a little soundcheck, which sounded good and there were fabulous stage lights and then it was time to play. The small stage meant that the fun and energy of the band came across even better – several of our songs involve band members shouting out their thoughts or joining in with the singers!

After we finished, there were dozens of great comments from people we don’t even know. Most frequent comment was “Brilliant songs!” followed by “Amazing energy”. So we think it was a great success, and want to go on to do more … especially festivals next summer! And today, apparently we’re featured on the BBC News page. Amazing! Please follow/subscribe to the blog to get news about The Verinos.

The Verinos first rehearsal

Playing in a band was not something most of The Verinos had ever thought possible. Guitarist Vim was at a birthday party in Leicester’s Kayal restaurant and got chatting to VD about punk. VD had just decided to start playing bass and was going to take lessons. Next came Vixen, who could play a bit of keyboards, and her friend Vi, who can sing and shout. Volcano had always fancied playing drums and turned up to the first rehearsal having watched one drum lesson on YouTube and was completely brilliant at it.

The experience of going to a rehearsal room, being extremely loud, having fun with no-one watching is really powerful. The other thing that’s great is playing and creating original songs so that we own and define our art. Our music can’t be compared to some well-known artist’s original version; we are the original version. Our songs are about laughing, being invisible older women, being in a band and just about ourselves really. They’re upbeat, singable, interactive, and we have a lot of fun playing them!

Here’s a photo of us on the way to our first rehearsal

L-R: Volcano, Vi, VD Vim and Vixen Verino on the way to the studio.