by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Velvet Teen at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Velvet Teen

The Velvet Teen recently signed to Topshelf to release All Is Illusory, their first album in nine years (due 6/30 -- pre-order), and they just put out its first single, "The Giving In." The Velvet Teen's albums before this one are all different and all excellent examples of the kind of indie/emo crossover that Topshelf is putting out from newer bands now. There's 2002's Out of the Fierce Parade, which was the closest they ever came to straight-ahead rock, 2004's Elysium, which favored airy ballads and clean-sounding pianos, and then 2006's Cum Laude, a spastic eccentric prog-pop album which remains their finest moment. It's a cliche to say the new single sounds like a culmination of all three of their albums, but it kind of does. "The Giving In" has the atmospheres of Elysium, the grit of Out of the Fierce Parade, and the fidgety rhythms of Cum Laude all worked into one cohesive song. It's good stuff.

TVT have a few dates coming up (nothing in NYC) and more TBA. Current tour schedule, with the new song stream, below...


The Velvet Teen - "The Giving In"

The Velvet Teen -- 2015 Tour Dates
7/18 - Portland, OR - Project Pabst
7/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
7/25 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon