NHC October POTM: Velveteen Riot

It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So we here at TSA have teamed up with Scotland’s very own New Hellfire Club to bring you a monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA and New Hellfire Club’s ‘Pick of the Month’.

Hi there guys and gals, it’s fantastic to finally get Velveteen Riot on the POTM, we have actually had you on our NHC radar as a big interview choice for some time now, so let’s get to it! Start us off then by telling us a bit about yourself and the history of the band.

We’re all from Glasgow, Morven and I (Beth) met in Mono when I was playing an acoustic gig for a Girls Rock Glasgow fundraiser. After speaking we soon put out ads for bassists and drummers. We then found Max (bass) and John (drums) a few weeks later.

We usually leave the ‘what’s in a name’ stuff until later in the interview, but this time I’m intrigued enough to ask pretty much right away, where did you get the name Velveteen Riot From?

We thought it would be cool play on the title of the classic children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit. However, we dropped the “The” after the poster for our first gig left it out by mistake because we thought it actually sounded better. So many bands have “the” in their name as well, we wanted something a bit different. We’re also big Velvet Underground fans, so we wanted something that nodded slightly towards them.

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As far as sounds go, your’s is pretty distinctive. Tell us a bit about that. Is the uniqueness something you just happened on after playing together for a while (and then rightly stuck with!), or is it something you actively sought out as you wrote the songs down?

We all have very individual, distinctive tastes musically, so our sound is really just a blend of that. Everyone in the band contributes to the overall sound, John writes a lot of the music for our songs, Morven and I share lyric writing duty and Max writes all the bass parts. It all just sort of happened as we played together.

Tell us about bands you love yourselves, I’m looking at more local level bands who you love playing gigs with, rather than huge stadium fillers! Is there any that the readers should also be on the lookout for, apart from yourselves of course!

Our good friends, the awesome riot grrrl duo Bratakus are definitely ones to watch! They’re so cool and always put on a good show. We also love Killer Bangs, Breakfast Muff and Joyce Delaney but the Glasgow music scene is so full and there’s loads of bands/artists I could mention but I’d be here all day!

Now we can go onto the stadium fillers! What band or musicians inspired you guys to get into music? Was it an actual well known act, or was it someone, or something, a little more intimate?

So many! Like I said before, collectively our music taste is so widespread and varied so this would also take all day. But some of our favourites are The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, The Strokes, The Killers, Television, Nirvana, Bikini Kill etc etc etc

Everyone knows our views on dodgy promoters and P2P shenanigans, have you guys ever encountered any of that in Glasgow when out gigging?

We are 100% against pay to play, and we have been approached by dodgy looking promoters before but we’ve always stayed well away! We have put on our own gigs in the past to avoid it.

The floor is now yours! What exciting things should we be looking out for with you guys, any new releases or big gigs on the way?

Well we have a new EP recorded, and we’re very excited! It’ll be released very soon! Our next gigs are an acoustic set in Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon on the 8th October, and a fundraiser for there in the Classic Grand on the 19th November!

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