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Interview – Blue Velvet + Video

Watch the video for ‘You’re Not Going Home’ below.

Who are you and what are you doing here? (what is your name, what is the band and what is your role in the band?)

Hey! What’s up? My name’s Sam Bauermeister. I play Keyboard and do the Vocal thing in this band named Blue Velvet. We’re from Sydney and have been a band for a little over a year now. We sound like the time my first girlfriend broke up with me the day after the Year 10 formal, I guess that’s a good way to put it? We just released this new song called ‘You’re Not Going Home’ and it’s been an absolute blast so far!

How did the band start?

I’d recently part ways with my previous band and I was really excited at the idea of starting completely fresh. Like essentially cutting ties with the past and focusing on a sound that was purely me. Our Guitarist Brendan moved from Newcastle to Sydney and I hit him up to see if he was keen to try out some new stuff with me. We instantly clicked and realised we were both looking to write the same kind of music so we spent a couple months in Brendan’s tiny ass room and getting drunk on warm beers to lay the foundations of what we are today.

We always just had one rule in mind which was to not overthink our music writing. If a group of chords sound sick together, leave it how it is, don’t get granular on that shit and look into every microscopic detail. Music is meant to be fun, not some whack, stressful Science experiment, you know what I mean?

After we wrote a bunch of songs, we hit up our Drummer Lewis who’s the Vocalist in Brendan’s other band to see if he was keen to try out some beats. We were totally blown away by how good he was and just added so much to the table both in how we interacted personally and musically.

I guess from there we started hitting up our pals to see if they wanted us to play some shows and fast forward a year later and we’ve never been this tired, sweaty and stoked in our lives.

How would you describe your band?

I guess we’re just a bunch of sounds we’ve loved in the past put into a blender to make some kind of Indie Punk sound. I guess it’s kind of like as if Pup had a baby with Joyce Manor and Tigers Jaw is the Uncle at the family reunion?

We love playing our music super fast and aggressive and never really like songs to outstay their welcome. We want people leaving shows we play stuck in their heads so we try to make Punk songs that people can bop and sing-a-long too.

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your band which one would it be?

I’d definitely say it’s our new song ‘You’re Not Going Home’. After we released our last EP ‘Collide’ earlier this year, we felt that it was a bunch of songs placed together without a singular identity. So after playing a few shows off the back of the EP, we got together to talk about what songs we like playing the most live and it was always the faster songs on ‘D K R’. We love playing shows and when we get bored of playing certain songs, it probably means we should try something different.

‘You’re Not Going Home’ is definitely the one song that I feel sums us up perfectly as the band we’ve been the last year and the band we’re going to be for quite some time.

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

Like I said before, we just want to have fun when we play. I’ve noticed recently that there are bands out there I’ve seen that just look bored at what they’re doing. They’re getting in that mindset of “oh, our song needs to be complex and have insane song structures and we need to do what no one else is doing”, I just reckon fuck that. We’re having a blast writing simple as shit songs and playing them live and I really (hope) think that shows.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

Plug time!

You can listen to everything we’ve released to date on the usual suspects like Spotify, Triple J Unearthed (please rate & review if you like our stuff, or even if you don’t), Apple Music, iTunes, Bandcamp…there’s way more stuff that I’m forgetting.

I also discovered the other day that we’re on Napster, so if you’re a Napsterhead, we got you covered.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

We certainly are! We’re really excited to be playing Brisbane and Melbourne for the first ever time the next few weeks.

First up, we head to Brisbane on Sunday November 19th at the Bloodhound Bar with Semantics, Betty Rays and Lumens and then we’re wrapping up the year over in Melbourne on December 10th at the Gasometer Hotel with Clove, World Sick and The Palpatines. Come down and tell em Sam sent ya.

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?

Honestly, it would probably be the release of You’re Not Going Home. We had a really last minute schedule in terms of planning all of it and I don’t know how we maintained our sanity over it.

We essentially recorded the song, shot the video, organised all the post-recording stuff and our run of shows in only a couple weeks and at the time we were all doubting that we were able to do it. I was going through a pretty rough time during those weeks as well and would chuck the biggest tantrums ever and let my anger out on the boys. I think the fact that we managed to pull through with it and release everything on time just made our bond as buddies even stronger and we managed to release a song that we are so insanely proud of.


Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

I’d be keeping a real close eye on Clove, Turn South and The Palpatines. All three Melbourne bands who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Do not let them fly under your radar!

Anything Else you’d like to add?
Zambrero is better than Guzman