The Denmark Veseys : The Denmark Veseys

denmark_veseys.jpgJerry Joseph’s career has coursed consistently below mainstream recognition, his prolific songwriting more known as staples in other musicians’ canons than as his own. But that doesn’t seem to bother Joseph. For his newest project, Joseph and drummer Steve Drizos forsake even name recognition with The Denmark Veseys, a nod to the slave rebel who planned an uprising in Charleston, S.C. whereby slaves would kill their owners and seize the city.

The Denmark Veseys eponymous debut certainly still boasts the songwriting acumen and delivery Joseph has been honing since his early days with Little Women. “Letter to Chico” rides the beat of muted strings through the verse, only to burst into a cascading, hook-laden chorus. “Broken” displays the stripped-down approach of the duo, propelled by Drizos’ robust drumming and Joseph’s subterranean guitarwork, while live staple “Supper’s Ready” gets similar treatment with little more than surging keys and lock-step drumming. But it is tracks like the subdued “Cochise” and the stirring “Ho Chi Minh” where The Denmark Veseys fully define their sound, a vital union of words and music, significant and ultimately powerful.

Despite a turn toward a more indie rock and pop-inflected feel, those familiar with Joseph’s body of work will feel right at home with The Denmark Veseys. It is important to remember that this is something new, a new name, a new collective, and a fresh perspective on Joseph’s craft. This stands as a reintroduction of sorts to one of the most fertile songwriters making music today.

The Denmark Veseys is out now on Cosmo Sex School Records.