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They say music is what brings unlike souls together. This is exactly the goal of budding rock band Villarreal: bringing people together. Through their unique yet familiar sound, these four young musicians hope to bring the spirit of rock n' roll back to Atlanta.


Born in December of 2022, Villarreal was formed before any of its members stepped onto a college campus. In just one short month, they abandoned their ideas of being a cover band and quickly adapted to writing their own material. Over the course of their time together, they have spent time nurturing and developing their own sound: psychedelic blues. While each member finds common ground in rock n' roll, their personal influences range from a wide variety. Find out more about this distinctive sound below.


Depicted above are the four member of Villarreal. As far as influences in the rhythm section go, Kiira Shackelford describes her drumming style as "...the love child of Daniel Wagner (Greta Van Fleet) and Larry Mullen Jr. (U2)," while her brother, Luke Shackelford, on bass, takes great inspiration from Sam Kiszka (Greta Van Fleet), John Entwistle (The Who), and Andy Rourke (The Smiths). In contrast, guitarist Atom Wegener takes influence from Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins) and Jake Ewald (Modern Baseball). Vocalist and frontwoman Heidi Woods takes great vocal influence from Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Chris Turpin (Ida Mae), and Ann Wilson (Heart). An eclectic mix of artists and genres blend seamlessly together to create Villarreal's signature sound.

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