vel0 was the project created by taylor rust and sean conley after greenhill ended. the writing process was slow, as the songs were complex and needed time to breathe. The structures of the songs eventually settled and became what they are now. They recorded a 2 song demo, and then later a live e.p. before putting together a full length “ten” that used various studio songs, as well as live performances. ryan lewis played bass with the band in 2006 and appears on several tracks. the last few songs of the band were written as a two piece before they played their last show in march 2007.
the album opens up with a live version of the song “untitled” which is the band’s first song ever written.
“plurals” is the album’s most put together song, blending instrumental mathy parts with post rock pieces, taking nods from tristeza. “census” is a slow post rock jam influenced by mogwai with layers of reverbed guitar. “floorplan” is the first time we hear vocals on the album. “odds and ends” sounds like a fitting title, with this song having odd time signatures and intricate pieces, directly influenced by bikegang knifefight. the latter part of the album sees songs like “a longer day” and “guidance” becoming more complex and fast. The last track “yes is always wrong” was an improvisation recorded on tape at the band’s practice space towards the end of the band’s existence.
this band was the culmination of two musicians who wrote music together without any genre in mind or idea of what would become of it. this album is a collective entity of everything they created.
it was put out on CD-R’s that are sold out, but it is available now to download and stream.