Featured Band: The Velisha

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Sorry for delays with Ug Featured Band update, we are getting way much more promotion requests than expected. Nevertheless, keep'em sending on my way and I'll get it posted. UG's next featured band -- innovative 4-piece punk rockers from California, The Velisha!

  • Band Biography:

    This innovative 4-piece band from Fresno, California met as students at Central High School in 2001. They were drawn together by their mutual admiration for The Misfits - forming a tribute band called Teenagers From Mars. They soon realized that they were much too creative to limit themselves as a tribute band, pulling from vast influences of various punk-stylings, old and new. They began writing and arranging original material, thus forming The Velisha.

  • Why Did You Chose This Name:

    This name was chosen by our lead singer/guitarist, Franco, combining the French word "Velinquent" (which has something to do with rebellion or something) with the word Militia, and a slight spelling change, hence The Velisha.

  • Band Members:

    No. of members: 4 - Franco - guitar & vocals - Garth - guitar & vocals - Chris - bass & vocals - Joseph - drums

  • Genre Of Music:

    Punk music. Mainly old-school '77 punk and modern Oi and Street Punk and some old-school '80s hardcore punk. Main influences are - The Virus, Cheap Sex, The Havoc, The Misfits, The Varukers, The Devotchkas, Rancid, The Casualties, etc.

  • Why People Should Listen To Your Music?

    Its basically something a little different from most bands. We do what we do, and that is play music. Our lyrics tend to be rebellious and political and try and send out a message of not letting the system bring you down.

  • Pictures:

    01. Garth (pic) 02. Franco (pic) 03. Chris (pic) 04. Club Fred, Dec 23th 2003 (pics) 05. Zapp's Park Jan 23rd, 2004 (pics) 06. Royal 8's Feb 21st, 2004 (pics)

  • Audio:

    01. Oi Oi Boots (mp3) 02. Live Hard Live Fast (mp3)

  • Official Website:

    Visit our website at Velisha.Com.

  • 40 comments sorted by best / new / date

      ratiug567
      and if youre making a hybrid word, at least spell the last half how the one of the original words is spelled. if youre combining them it should be "Velitia"
      ddddddd
      i do not think that was good at all. i am all 4 unprocessed music but man that was a little 2 raw 4 me
      kornds4
      Hey Velisha what did you guys use to make your website? I really like your songs.
      Deaf-by-August
      Kick ass dudes!!! As a PUNK myself its kick ass I DIG THE HAIR AND DIG THE SOUND...NO SHIT U GUYS HAVE PLAYED WITH MADCAP....I LOVE THOSE GUYS!! ME AND MY BASSIST HAVE CHILLED WITH THEM WHEn THEY ARE IN PENNSYLVANIA!
      sargasm
      you COMPLETELY stole tim armstrongs voice, its pretty unoriginal.
      lost of people have voices like that... tim armstrong isnt some kind of pioneer of having a scruffy voice
      si_wilburn
      i bet you uys are god ill give u a listen but i just wanna say the user on here called ratiug567 is a cock he always says stupid shit about bands - go get fuked and get ur own band so we can all rag on u homo
      thurdayisnow
      i like the vocals. they are raw, yes, but thats the way theyre supposed to be. And theyre actually doing really good, considering the fact that the awesome guitar work is being done at the same time as the singing. so yah, im a fan already.
      hellcat28
      it sound like a rancid! Rip offs from fresno! Well just the vocals... it ok but they need to work on there shit! They need to get more into the sound... the whole thing ok but rip offs!
      zappp
      BrandNewHero: Isn't that Berlioz's band? The pics looked familiar.
      agree...
      Encore_God
      Actually, that's the best new punk rock I've heard in ages. The punk rock bands around here aren't so good, but if they were all like you guys I might consider going to a gig, haha. Neat job!
      foolSTAR
      Why the hell is NOFX on featured band of the week....oh wait, this isn't NOFX..
      punxchix
      wow, the velisha are honestly one of the best street punx bands i have heard!! GREAT tunes!! nice website too!! you guys are AWSOME!!!
      Cameo
      lol foolSTAR I disagree with you though. they're all right for what they are.
      LastRockShow
      vocals are decent, AWESOME (i mean spectacular) instrumental parts! you guys definately rock!