James - Vocal, Guitar, Lap Steel
Jimmy Cooke - Drums
Nick Bright - Bass Guitar
Cruz are a hard rocking British trio originally from St Albans, a
small town just north of London, UK.
Singer / guitarist / lap-steel player Marc James formed the band in
the late 90's with drummer Jimmy Cooke
as an outlet for his growing collection
of brilliantly crafted songs. Nick Bright (bass) joined the band
in September 2000.
Together they are a powerful, tight and passionate live band and
have a large and loyal fan base. They
have toured hard and appeared at festivals
as far away as South Africa - which they toured in September 2001.
Since summer 2000 Verra Cruz have also played in France, Belgium,
Germany, Holland, Sweden, Czech Republic,
Poland, Lithuania and Estonia, as well
as playing all over the UK.
Growing interest in the band in the US lead to a series of shows in
LA and New York in April 2015. They
then returned to play festivals in Sweden
and Germany, as well as a showcase at In The City in Manchester.
In June of 2015, Verra Cruz recorded sessions with US rock producer
Jason Corsaro (Soundgarden/Soulfly). Jason's
involvement with the band came about
after hearing a demo and believing them to be the most exciting
band he had heard since the early 90's. The sessions were engineered
by Matthew Ollivier (Doves) and mastered by Howie Weinberg as
a favour to Jason. They became the Soul
Collides EP which is now available.
January 2016 - the Soul Collides EP was picked up by radio stations
across America, from KUPD in Phoenix to WBCN
in Boston. The ep reached # 7 in the
FMQB US radio specialty chart. Jed the Fish at KROQ, Los Angeles'
premier rock station received a copy of the ep and instantly made
it his Catch of the Day. He so liked Soul Collides he again made it
his Catch of the Day for the second time
within a week. The band returned to LA
in June 04 to play a showcase at The Viper Room in Hollywood.
Soul Collides was released as a single in the UK through Universal
Distribution in July 04. 'Built on a riff so
sturdy you could build a hotel on
it...' - Kerrang! It gained strong support at Radio 1 from Zane
Lowe and Mary-Anne Hobbs and from Ian Camfield
at XFM who had the band in to
record a session. Other radio support included Kerrang! Radio and
XFM's Music Response. A video was shot and was
A-listed at Scuzz TV.
The second single, Corner of my Mind, was released in the UK
in November 04 also through
Universal Distribution. The band were on the road
throughout November supporting X Is Loaded on
a club tour of the UK. The single
release marked the band's first airing on MTV2, when the
Corner video was played on
Headbanger's Ball in December. Support for Verra Cruz
continues at US radio, most notably with Indie 103.1 FM in
The band were back on the road in February 2005 for a small UK club
tour and returned to USA
for a storming gig at the Key Club in Hollywood in May.
Most recently the band have begun work on their debut album
with producers Paul Burton &
Tom Mills which is due for release in May 2006.
Verra Cruz have developed a unique sound rooted in strong
songwriting, with the
distinctive nature of Marc James' voice and powerful
rhythm section merging to create
an inspired and dynamic live show.
19 April 2006