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Vera Mesmer

7 March 2012 No Comment

(By Nadia Guardado) Engaging audiences all over, Vera Mesmer might not be a name that you have heart yet. However, I guarantee you will fall in love with what Christopher Mesmer and Nadja Peulen have created. Theatrical and direct, their music is something that cannot be compared to anything of it’s kind. Just like with every interesting band you encounter, you want to know more about them, as people as a band in whole. You want to know what inspires them, how they work, how what they do is well, done. Here is a glimpse into what makes Vera Mesmer such an awesome band.

HMTV: How did the idea to form Vera Mesmer come about?

Christopher: I’d always been looking for a really fluid way to bridge the gap between being a rock band and being a more theatrical and/or literary presence… I’d lived in New Orleans for a number of years and found that it bears some of the most interesting rich characters that I’d just fell in love with… Fell in love with the idea of stories with a plot, climax and resolve like I’d heard from these folks becoming the focus for songs… I’d created this whole idea for a rock band and had the most difficult time finding the right artists to work with me… A few years down the road in steps Nadja and the rest is current history…

Nadja: Chris originally started VM a few years back on the east coast and I partnered up with him about 2 years ago. It’s better off if he tells this story…

HMTV: How is the chemistry between you two? Musically and Personally.

Christopher: Professionally it’s a very graceful relationship… She plays my muse and harshest critic most times but always seems to know what I’m thinking as I’m thinking it. Personally I’ve never met anyone as supportive and caring, but she’s right… We’re absolutely mad artists and occasionally the cutlery makes a flying appearance…

Nadja: Musically/ creatively we work in total balance and harmony. We tend to have our own areas of duty within the band and jump onto each other’s plate half way through to help the other. It gives us a sense of love and attachment for the project as a whole and makes the most efficient process possible! Kind of like this interview, I start it and Chris will finish it haha. It’s still amazing to me how easy it flows and how we are always on the same page and have the same ideas, practically finish each other’s sentences at times.

Personally we throw knives at each other, hit each other over the head with giant plastic keys and then drink a bottle of wine and laugh at it. We’re artists, we’re nuts it makes good songwriting material and performances.

HMTV: What is your material about?

Christopher: Every song tells the tale of a unique character… Often the tales are of the misfortunes and misadventures of others but they’re really just anecdotes about the human condition and the little oddities of life…

HMTV: Nadja, you’re mostly known for having been in Coal Chamber and the success that was. Is that fact a pro or con when it comes to forming another band such as Vera Mesmer and why people become interested in the project.

Nadja: You know, the CC thing hasn’t even really been mentioned much. I’ll always think fondly of that part of my life but VM is very special to me and the two are just worlds apart so it’s almost a non-issue.

HMTV: Christopher, Vera Mesmer is being well received by its fans and your friends, why do you think that is?

Christopher: I think that years of developing my baby brainchild and finding Nadja to share and nurture this unique beast is the reason that the machine works now… Timing is everything and bringing this project to life at the right time with the right planning and the people has made our debut everything that we’d hoped for… I’m beyond excited that people understand Vera Mesmer like I’d hoped they would…

HMTV: “Back From The Dead” is a very detailed video with an interesting story being told in it. What was the inspiration behind the song and video treatment?

Christopher: All of my songs begin with a story… Lyrics first and the rest follows depending upon the twist and flow of the tale… There’s essentially a film built into every song in our repertoire… The story of Back From The Dead is that of a man seeking revenge for the ultimate act of betrayal, and achieving it… But like all of us fantasize about vengeance does it really heal a situation? For this man in the story bittersweet doesn’t even begin to describe the mixed feelings he has when he seeks his own justice… Nadja and I just sat down and really storyboarded it out to make sure we could effectively tell the story through film in such a short period of time… We both put incredible hours into the preparation for the video and I think that we’ve had a very successful first…

HMTV: Can you describe your live show to a person who has never seen it live before?

Christopher: A wonderfully theatrical, engaging, exciting and interpersonal show…

Nadja: We are a very theatrical three piece and draw you into the world of the Mesmers…

HMTV: What can Vera Mesmer fans expect to see and hear this year?

Christopher: Well our first album “Orphans & Outlaws” will get its glorious send to the world, a short film or two, performing in places we’ve never performed… We’re quite busy bees at the moment…

Nadja: Very busy bees.

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