It would be easy to describe Deas Vail simply by pointing at vocalist Wes Blaylock's upper register range and falsetto and then to slap on the indie label. Granted, it's an unmistakable voice that sounds as if it bides its time floating amid the stars, and so, is a major part of the band's sound. But there’s so much more beyond that soaring voice. To start, the band's debut "All the Houses Look the Same," features the unfailingly sharp and frenetic guitar work of Andy Moore, whose riffs are as memorable as any of the ridiculously high notes that Blaylock hits. Moore's work on the record sets a tone in line with America's finest indie rock and Europe's best-kept secrets. But in no way does the album, produced by Mark Lee Townsend, rely on any particular mix of instrumentation. By the time the manic guitar of "Rewind" fades away, it is replaced by the piano-led "Shoreline," courtesy of keyboardist Laura Blaylock, Wes' wife. The song also features a haunting string arrangement by the Blaylocks and the driving and clever rhythm section of drummer Kelsey Harelson and bassist Justin Froning backs all of it.
“When we started, it was something we wanted to do because we enjoy music,” Blaylock said. “We write songs because we love songs. They make us happy or explain an experience. That's why I grab hold of these songs and love them. It's something we really care about.” Upon the record’s release last spring, the band took on a healthy touring schedule that saw them crisscrossing the country for much of the year. A trend they would like to continue this year as the band feels their live show is essential to the experience and that more new fans can be made with this album. “To us, playing live is just as important as making records, maybe more,” Blaylock said. “Even if we get tired of playing these songs, there’s meaning in the lyrics and we still feel like it’s good music.” Look for new Deas Vails newest EP release, White Lights, on iTunes and web-stores as soon as August 26th, 2008. New tour dates will follow. As will a new full length in early 2009.