WORDS BY JOE FITZPATRICK AND TIM FOGG
PHOTOS BY JESSICA BRYCE AND BILLY SOURS
How do you take your emo pop? BELATED. prefers it “acoustic driven.”
In the driver’s seat is Jordon Ronan, the former vocalist of SHARP SLEEVES, a Blacksburg-based pop punk band previously known as HERO TO HUMAN. In February 2016, in between college classes and writing music, Ronan drafted Tim Fogg from the Richmond punk band A COLLEGIATE AFFAIR to play lead guitar.
On July 12, the duo released their debut EP Blame It On Bad Timing, which also received coverage on New Noise Magazine. While writing what would later become their first release, Ronan looked to combine acoustic pop and emo elements into a sound reminiscent of bands such as DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL and THIS WILD LIFE. In May 2016 BELATED. recorded the three-song EP with Will Beasley, who has also worked with many great artists from Virginia and Washington, D.C., including MIKE FRAZIER and INHERITOR.
The band will be hitting the road on July 14 for a weeklong tour of the Midwest with fellow friend and musician Chris Swartz. Below are the tour dates and flyer, which was designed by local artist Billy Sours.
BELATED.’s debut EP is currently available on all major music distribution outlets.