Edmonton-born rock band The Velveteins recently announce the release of their debut album “Slow Wave” on May 12th. Just one say after they shared the video for the band’s second single “Midnight Surf” from that album and what a terrifically tidy slice of psych pop pie it is, too!
The Velveteins consists of core songwriting members Spencer Morphy (guitar, singer) and Addison Hiller (percussion, singer). Originating as a solo project by frontman Spencer Morphy The Velveteins were officially formed and fully realized in 2014, after his return from half a year vagabonding around Australia. The band’s self-produced first effort Fresh Claws EP was released in 2014 and marked the first collaborative work between Morphy and Hiller. Their second release A Hot Second With The Velveteins was produced and recorded by Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant in his home studio in Nashville, United States. This release received critical acclaim both locally and internationally. The band has played CMW in Toronto and has opened up for high-profile indie acts such as Milo Greene, USS, and July Talk.
“Assured, demonstrative and undisguised, The Velveteins crack out the surf-pop hooks as frontman Spencer Morphy reminds us all that everything isn’t so bad when you have a good tune in your ear and your friends close by.”
– Goldflake Paint
“If their first single is any indication, we can expect an album filled with earworm-worthy melodies and psychedelic grooves that stick to your bones.”
– CBC Music
Their slinky indie surf tendencies have thus far spewed forth comparisons to The Kinks and The Libertines, but The Velveteins are frequently more casually weird than totally wired, and always way more welcoming. Indeed, ‘Midnight Surf’ is a slacker-glam-pop anthem for the whacked-out generation, nodding vacantly at Mott The Hoople and The Flaming Lips with dreamy melodies popping up from all angles and creamy guitar solos sinking like polished stones. Better still, the video for ‘Midnight Surf’ features a VW campervan. This makes us weirdly excited.