From house shows to concerts in downtown The Shredder to Treefort Music Fest, this band has it all. Meet VEMM, a local band from Boise, Idaho.

The band started just two years ago thanks to guitarist Michael Prolly. Prolly slowly began to bring the members together one by one to just play music together. Their occasional jam sessions eventually turned into VEMM.

Band members Elias Willerup and Myles Stauffer are full-time students at Boise State. Willerup, a major junior at GIMM, and Stauffer, a second-year visual arts student, take inspiration from groups like Peach Pit and Hers.

At first, Willerup only knew how to play drums, but thanks to his musical influences, he was able to get hold of the bass.

“The bass is actually like a whole new instrument for me,” said Willerup. “I started playing drums when I was very young and only learned bass three or four years ago.”

Stauffer shared different reasons why he started playing the drums. In college, there were too many percussionists in her orchestra class, so her teacher introduced her to a new instrument: the saxophone.

When Stauffer moved on to high school, he immediately asked his orchestra teacher for permission to take the drums, and he went back to his favorite instruments. Now Stauffer plays drums for the band.

Aside from the instruments they play and the inspirations they turn to, Willerup and Stauffer have expressed on behalf of the group that their music is more than just an after-school hobby.

“As students, we’re all really stressed and anxious, and no one really shows it,” Willerup said. “Just being able to play shows and go to shows is such a good outlet and such a good outlet for it, to be able to forget all the homework and future planning that we have to do.”

As the group gained more experience, they also took advantage of more opportunities, like playing Treefort in September, where they were able to reach more listeners than ever before.

“It feels good to know that people get something out of it,” Stauffer said, “whether it’s just for fun or to get rid of stress at school or whatever.” Expect a lot more VEMMs this year and maybe a new album. For now, check out VEMM on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

Elias Willerup, member of VEMM. Photo courtesy of Preston Valles