Another Day at School
The VeLMAs - American for Rock Since 1999, the Velmas - bassist Todd "Figaro" Minnick, guitarist Mike "Harvey" Grosshandler and drummer Michael "Bruce" Bruce - have been entertaining upstate New York. The band has become a favorite around Albany and Syracuse, NY, and is gaining popularity throughout the Northeastern U.S. In 2002, the Velmas released their debut album, Another Day At School. Since it's release, the album has received rave reviews and has opened doors of opportunity for the band. This was followed by Recess (2004), a "double EP" featuring new and unreleased studio tracks, as well as several live tracks. The Velmas' second studio album, Station, will be released internationally on City Canyons Records in 2006. The Velmas are three singers and songwriters creating powerful rock music. Their sound is influenced by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae, and even country and classical. In concert, the Velmas back their music with a playful, high-energy live show, which is the reason why Albany-area 'Velmites' have voted them the Capital Region's 'Best Alternative Band' (Metroland, 2006).