The Velvet Teen

The Velvet Teen

How did the Velvet Teen never become one of the biggest bands in indie rock? They were in the right place (grimy rock clubs full of fresh-faced kids with disposable income) at the right time (the mid-2000’s, pre-internet-filesharing-oversaturation-chillwave-snarkboom) and were every bit the right sound of the time. The Velvet Teen were writing the same caliber of frenetic and sweeping pop that their then-tourmates (Death Cab For Cutie, Minus the Bear) paid mortgages with. With a musical spectrum that’s shifted with each subsequent release, they’ve conquered noisy indie pop (Out Of The Fierce Parade), sweeping, pristine piano balladry (Elysium) and math-y melodic experiments (Cum Laude). Currently touring on a self-released EP (No Star), the Velvet Teen are still masters of writing jagged, desperate hooks that soothe and snarl, all while balancing in winsome, sparkling moments steeped in an un-ironic nostalgic bliss. With Themes. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m., 2011


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