Achievement Unlocked: First negative comment on one of the YouTube videos!
It may not seem like it on the surface, but this is a very good thing — it means we’re actually reaching people who don’t already know us, and getting (so far) constructive feedback.
I imagine we’ll be pretty jaded about that soon enough, but let’s celebrate while we can still see the silver lining!
The Velveteen will be telling some stories and debuting some recordings live on the air, in about nine hours from the time that I posted this. Sorry for the late notice, folks. This is why you should follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: because Webmaster Aaron is a flake.
We’ll be on Live 805, hosted by Tom and Sandy Saturday morning at 9am PST.
If you can’t receive KVTA’s signal over the airwaves, you can listen online here!
First off, our very first interview got printed in the Ventura County Reporter this week! I can’t tell you how excited we were to see that beautiful layout and read all the kind words.
You can read the article on their website.
There are a few clarifications we’d like to make, though. And let’s be clear, these misunderstandings are entirely our fault. We spoke at breakneck speed, jumping wildly from subject to subject, and the author did an admirable job of keeping things as straight as he did. But for the sake of our future wikipedia article (one of you get on that!), let’s just re-tell a few stories.
(Not all of ’em, though. You want to hear all of our stories, you should listen to the radio tomorrow!)
As many of you know, Cirque Noir and the Velveteen are closely related, with two key musicians inhabiting both of our respective universes.
Delegates Christopher Coyle and the Baron Von Velveteen serve as a sort of ambassador between the whimsically dark world of Cirque Noir and the less-likely-to-eat-your-face world of the Velveteen.
(We were actually voted “least likely to eat your face” in our high school yearbook, but Cirque’s corrupting influence has created a bit of moral grey area)
Before you, we present Cirque Noir’s long-awaited first music video. Enjoy!
The Velveteen met some new friends with familiar faces at San Diego Comic-Con International, 2014. Thanks to everyone — we love you all!
If you see yourself or your friends onscreen, please share this video!
If you find more footage of us posted by others, please share it in the comments here!
lyrics by Aaron Levitz
music by the Velveteen
Speak, geek. Turn the other cheek.
Don’t you know the meek will inherit when you’re gone?
Tweak, freak. Don’t fear the unique.
You may think I’m weak but I’ve never been so strong.
Travel Blog #2:
Professor Z and the Baron catch up with America’s favorite vigilante
Dan and the band check in on their way to Comic-Con.
Sorry about the video filter; Fum did the editing, and I guess he’s still angry about his travel accommodations.
Fum the Puppet and Amneris Monster are both very excited that Ventura’s goth legends “Angie’s Curse” are releasing their new CD on July 19th, 2014. Will you be at the show? Of course you will.
Aaron here. I guess we’ve fallen a bit behind on the posting of images. Let’s rectify that forthwith!
This amazing photo by Cliff Montgomery is hanging at the Bombay Bar and Grill in Ventura.
Fum looks quite smashing in a fedora, and what’s more? He knows it!
Chris Coyle in blue
GTZ on the Ableton Push
The Baron gets jiggy with it.
Chris Coyle in green
The rhythm section, being rhythmic.
Dan Flores, our manager, is rarely seen anywhere near the group. He’s become something of an urban legend of late, and we just want to make clear that yes, he does exist, and yes, we are very much working with him!
GTZ is doing something complicated
Looks like this robot’s heart is charged and functioning!
Fum is life. Fum is love.
Wake up, everybody!
The Baron steps offstage and into an art show!
Who needs a stage? He’s a rabbit of the people.
You never know where you’ll run into us!
When this solo’s over, he’s coming for you.
Chris Coyle on the drums, ladies and gentlemen!
Chris Coyle and the Baron
While the Baron is very much against guns, he does enjoy posing with them. He’s multifaceted.
Like you don’t have any skeletons in your closet….
Reach for the sky!
Just chillin’. ‘sup?
The trumpet/melodica hornline has become a staple of our lineup!
Who doesn’t love a good hornline?
Cons are the best. Everyone thinks we’re in costume!
Fum and the Baron
GTZ playin’ them keys
GTZ on the Hohner Melodica
More drums. Enjoy!
GTZ on Push and Keys
We cropped Fum out of this photo because he was getting a bit full of himself.
Fum hanging out at the Pop Stuff Expo
GTZ and the Baron, makin’ soulful sounds
Trumpet? Check! Melodica? Check! It’s the Velveteen, folks.