Chicago musician Rob Merz has been writing and recording music for over 18 years as a member of various Chicago bands. Now he's out on his own in Static In Verona and doing everything himself. The music is a collection of atmospheric indie pop songs with subtle experimental, electronic and rock undertones.
Since the 2009 release of the debut album, "Be Quiet As You Leave", Merz has found additional influence in various music, such as 1990's Shoegaze, Nugget's garage rock and even classical music and jazz. All of this has permeated into the new songs on the 2014 follow-up album, "Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything".
After the draining three-year process it took to make Static in Verona's second album, Merz decided to take a different approach on the follow-up and instead of meticulously writing then recording the music, he started with very loose ideas and then experimented with the structure and instrumentation in the studio. This creative freedom opened the door many new sounds and unexpected twists that may not have happened otherwise. Merz also focused on keeping the collection concise, catchy and upbeat to further engage the listener. The finished product is "Odd Anthem," Static in Verona's third album.
"A straight-up stunner ... Cleverly mixing indie-pop aesthetics with experimental electronic elements ... a punchy, cohesive sonic thrill ride." -Will Hodge, Noisetrade
“Dreamy indie pop weaving an eclectic mix of experimental, electronic & rock!” -Alternative Tracks