The Velvicks, like all the best rock and roll stories of the early 21st century, can be traced back to abasement, but even further back to a kid in his bedroom with his guitar a bit further away in Brazil. With new single Run out, the band spoke with The Fountain about the single and plans for the rest of the year.
TF: You have a new video out, what has the reception been like to Run?
The reception for a run has been pretty positive despite being a longer song for mainstream radio. I think Run sums up pretty well what the band is proposing, which is a solid live performance. I think people are seeing/hearing that in “Run”. This song was made on stage for the stage so listeners who enjoy live music are capturing that vibe right away. I think we accepted that challenge when we chose to record it live. It was fun to achieve that in the studio.
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
I like to use the sentence I producer Max Low sent to us once in one of our hangouts:
“Run brings stadium rock into people’s pockets”
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?
Well, that is pretty exciting to talk about actually after being a year and a half on hold and having tours and festival gigs cancelled. We are finally stoked to announce we’re back on stage on June 12th, headlining an outdoor concert at the East River Park amphitheatre in the lower side and releasing on stage our music video for Run.
Following that show there’s a concert with Jerry Joseph tbd, 10 dates event circuit in NYC throughout July, our classic 4th of July rooftop party in Brooklyn, an online rock festival in Brazil July 10th, a Midwest/Texas tour starting to take form, four single releases (including one tune mastered by Jay Messina) till October/Nov and mondo NYC music conference in oct so far. On top of that new recordings and videos are being produced as well. In the hypothetical world there are talks about a small UK tour late this year but nothing worth talking about it yet.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
Irving Plaza, Gramercy theatre, National sawdust are all top tier venues but the 4th of July party we’ve been playing for years now (4 consecutive years I think) would be my most favourite place to play. It’s assembled by close friends and residents of this Brooklyn apt complex originally meant to be low key and private but it always ends up becoming a monster party haha. It’s a light, pleasant, all-day summer event. Last year we were on stage while fireworks started blasting over Manhattan’s skyline and by our last song on the setlist, a police chopper started flying around us while on stage hahah. There were over a thousand people on a rooftop engaging in balloon fights and celebrating together. I think that gig is hard to beat. We call it jokingly “the 4th of our lives” haha.