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Last day! Let’s catch up a bit.

Nothing lasts forever, and that’s especially true of our Kickstarter! Check it out while you still can!

(Someone recently asked how we plan all our videos.  This should make it pretty obvious: we do nothing of the sort!)


So, timely announcement:
We’ve all but finished the new album!

You read that correctly.  Mixing, mastering, artwork… we’re double checking some last details before we send the files off, but things are very much on schedule!

Here’s a taste of what the final mixes sound like, and the kind of crazy variety you can expect between songs:

I should probably have warned you, Foe put that medley together.
Pretty sure he was aiming for maximum torture; sorry about that.  Fortunately, adding pictures and text seemed to help soften the blow.

Still, his “I’m Not Broken” cut was way too short, so… surprise!  Here’s the full thing:

Of course, his cut of “Crocodile Man” wasn’t much longer. And that’s just unfair; no one’s even heard that song! So, just for you, until someone notices and asks me to take this down, here’s a super secret “extended version”.

(I should probably have warned you, this was also Foe’s idea)

But, hey! Let’s talk about “I’m Not Broken”, shall we?

A while back, one of our friends (Hi, Nate!) went through a traumatic break-up.  He told us what he was going through, and we tried to assure him that we had each survived and eventually healed from similar experiences, so he would get through this as well.  He wasn’t ready to internalize that, insisting again and again that he was broken.  It hit us pretty hard.

The next morning, Dan wrote a song.  The lyrics were whimsical, more in line with what we usually do.  They expressed that no matter how bad things get, there’s a character in Lord of the Rings who has it worse.  And so, “You’re not Gollum” was born.

Dan sent me a demo and asked if I felt as helpless as he did.

I had been, up until that moment, but the song got me thinking. I started to reply with something like “Forget Gollum.  You’re not BROKEN.”

I was halfway joking, but it struck me that whatever we wrote, our friend would eventually sing along to.  So, why not use that?

In the next few hours, I ended up rewriting all of the lyrics, from the emotionally raw perspective of someone very much like our friend, with one key difference: this character was ready to start climbing out of the hole.

I was a little worried that twisting their words to convey the opposite meaning might be somehow disrespectful or insensitive, but the first time we performed the song, our friend ended up interrupting the show to jump up on stage and give everybody bear hugs.

And then the next morning, he showed us his brand new tattoo:

So, yeah.  This song means a lot to us, and we’re thrilled to finally have it out in the world.

Particularly now, with all the ugliness going on out there.  It’s important to remember, none of us are alone, and despite everything, we’re not broken either!

(Keep making! Keep creating! And do it with love and a song in your heart!)


What else can we talk about?

Well, I suppose there’s this. Check out the new album cover!!!

Art by Claire Michelle Flores

The back’s even better! But you can’t see that yet, because we’re still teasing you.

(Sorry. Foe’s influence is all over this post. We should probably stop asking that guy for marketing advice.  I don’t know what we were thinking…)

4 Days until Kickstarter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Velveteen Band will be launching a Kickstarter on Monday, July 24th, to raise funds for printing their upcoming new album, “What’s on the Other Side”.

The Kickstarter is basically a pre-order for the upcoming album, but will also feature signed albums, special merchandise, and other leveled incentives. The band hopes to raise $1500 to cover the cost of printing, and digital distribution.

On Monday, the band will launch the campaign with a special promotional pitch video, produced by Aaron Levitz, which links directly to the Kickstarter. The pitch video features some never before seen behind-the-scenes and live footage from the past 3 years.

The new album, “What’s on the Other Side”, has already been recorded, and is currently being mixed and mastered by Chris Coyle. It will feature 10 songs, and artwork by Claire Flores. It is set to be released on September 30th worldwide, with an album release party at the Discovery, in Ventura, CA.

New Confirmed Dates, and a peek at the album artwork

Good Morning, world!!
We wanted to share our upcoming confirmed dates, and a little taste of some of the album artwork by Claire Flores, for our upcoming album, “What’s on the Other Side“!!!

  • September 9th:  San Diego Who Con
  • September 30th:  CD Release Party at Discovery Ventura
  • October 14th:  Oxnard Steampunk Fest
  • October 15th:  Oxnard Steampunk Fest
  • November 11th:  TBA

Reminder: you can still sign up for updates on our upcoming KICKSTARTER  here.

We’re coming to Kickstarter!

Launching soon!
Not 100% sure when. But, definitely soon.
Probably.

We will, of course, say so here.  Also on Facebook.  And Twitter.  Can’t forget YouTube.  Maybe Instagram

But, what if you miss all of those?

Would you like us to email you when the campaign launches?
Just fill out this form, and we’ll make it happen:

Our new Music Video is out! Our new album is coming!

“Holiday” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO by The Velveteen Band, off of their upcoming new album, “What’s on the Other Side?”, to be self released world wide on September 30th, 2017. Please come celebrate our album release party at Discovery Ventura on September 30th!

Written, Directed, and Edited by Aurelio Ocampa and company at Red Sky Productions (with some help from our own Manager Dan), we would like to thank everyone for coming out and participating!

Carl B. Soto, Black Box Analog Design, DW Drums, La Dolce Vita Restaurant in Oxnard, San Diego L.O.S.E.R.S., Kelsey Newman, Jessica Potts-Mee, Nate Martin, Aurelio Ocampo, we couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Thank you!!!