Static in Verona is the work of Chicago musician Rob Merz, which brings electronic and experimental elements into a predominantly indie pop sound.
As the guitarist and chief-songwriter in many other musical projects over the years, this is Merz's own solo work, with every element - writing, performing all the instruments and the production in his hands.
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 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, Merz started with very loose ideas and then experimented with the structure and instrumentation in the studio. This creative freedom opened the door to 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.