We’re mix-taping it up today with the groundbreaking band, The Veldt.
Identical twins Daniel and Danny Chavis may originally hail from Raleigh/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but they have been East Village residents for the past 28 years. They are also co-founders of the band who lifted their bands name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story.
Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. They now make music, together with bassist/programmer Hayato Nakao, returning to their roots with the release of The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP. The album releases today, April 8 and to celebrate, the band is doing a whirlwind tour of Central Canada (see tour dates below)
The title The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur was borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem. Its raging sound was influenced equally by the emotional soul of Marvin Gaye, free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, various Drake hip-hop tracks, and their own fertile electric imagination.
Although The Veldt has been signed to many major labels after leaving Mercury Records in 1995, the brothers decided to remain indie and self-released their 2008 album White Music for Black People. ”
“The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both, ’But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! We werent trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent.’ “
The Veldt will be touring central Canada and North Carolina in early to mid-April and also will be opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre for various east coast dates during their forthcoming U.S. tour in May. East Coast peeps will have the opportunity to hear this band in Boston, Phily and New York City.
5. And It’s You
04/01 London, ON – 765 Old East Bar & Grill (with The Mongrels)
04/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s Ottawa (with Everett)
04/28 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival / Committee To Keep Music Evil Pre-party at Barracuda
05/06 Philadelphia – Union Transfer (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)
Photo (above) by Ed marshall: The Veldt