(Seattle, WA) Vespera
is excited to perform a DJ set at Emo Nite
this Valentine’s Day
in Seattle, WA
. The event, which will kick off on Wednesday, February 14th
at Chop Suey
, will feature tracks hand-picked by front-man Jonathan Wolfe
as well as drummer Jonathan Schwartz
. Fans can expect music from a range of notable artists throughout the years including pop-punk icons New Found Glory
to early emo pioneers Jawbreaker
. Tickets are available for purchase now, HERE
. For more information, please give Vespera a quick like on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/vesperaofficial.
Emo Nite LA is an event started by three friends (Babs Szabo, T.J. Petracca and Morgan Freed) that brings together people who share the love of emo rock music from the 90’s, 2000’s, and today. Different musicians from all genres, actors and celebrities that have been inspired by emo and pop punk music like Demi Lovato, Halsey, Machine Gun Kelly, Debby Ryan, Post Malone, Kristen Stewart, Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Cole Sprouse and more have either DJ’d or performed at the events, which happen monthly in Los Angeles and regularly across the country in cities like New York City, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Austin, Las Vegas, Seattle, Orlando and Portland.
Most recently, Vespera teamed up with The Jed Foundation to start a dialogue on suicide, addiction, and general mental health. With his op-ed essay and the release of the latest single “Paradise” ft. Spencer Sotelo of Periphery, Wolfe seeks to break down the walls and share his story in hopes that others will find the confidence to continue the conversation. To do so, Wolfe went through direct training with The Jed Foundation to learn how to tackle these issues and communicate with his friends/fans on the subject.
Wolfe stated: “So many of us suffer through our addictions and depression in silence and shame, I just want people to realize that they aren’t alone. I want people to have a safe place to talk about what goes on in their minds without being judged or ridiculed. Maybe if we end the stigma, so many of us won’t feel so isolated. I hope my story will help push the conversation of mental health in the right direction.”
“Paradise” originally premiered on Alternative Press in December 2017 and has now reached over 150,000 views on YouTube. Fans can read Wolfe’s op-ed essay and watch the video for “Paradise” now, here: http://bit.ly/2z08D3i. The single can additionally be found on Spotify’s official Rock Hard playlist.
In Fall of 2017, Vespera unveiled their second single “Obsidian Dreams” on Kerrang!. as a follow up to their debut “Bloom” which premiered on Billboard. The tracks were inspired by Wolfe’s girlfriendJourdan Miller (winner of America’s Next Top Model in 2013) who additionally starred in both videos. “Bloom” went on to secure a spot on Spotify’s official Rock Hard playlist after grabbing the attention of Allison Hagendorf (Global Head of Rock for Spotify). With only two singles off their full-length album available to the public, the band has successfully impressed fans and press alike, receiving positive pickup on Alternative Press, AXS, Live Nation’s The Noise, Metal Injection, MetalSucks, Rolling Stone India, and many more.
The project “showcases many different subgenres in rock without being overwhelming,” says Wolfe. “It really showcases a darker psychological side that I’ve never shown before as a songwriter … I envisioned a dark and aggressive, yet calm and grandiose sound with lyrical content that spoke directly to the soul.” To achieve this direction, Wolfe experimented for the first time with a seven-string guitar and dropped tuning. “I wanted to go out of my depth and create something completely different from what I had ever done previously.”
Vespera is Jonathan Wolfe (vocals), Jonathan Schwartz (drums), Cairn Tse-Lalonde (guitar), and Paul Anderson (bass). The forthcoming full-length album The Thoughts That Plague You was produced by Taylor Larson (Periphery, Darkest Hour) and is set for release in 2018.