After reuniting in 2019 for tours in the US and Japan, VELVET CRUSH is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album ‘Teenage symphonies to God’ with a 2023 vinyl reissue and subsequent tour. The band is very happy and excited that their old friend David Gibbs (Gigolo Aunts) will once again join them on guitar and vocals for the upcoming shows.

Heirs to the jangle pioneered by the influential The Byrds, the power pop of Big Star or Badfinger, without forgetting the country rock of Gene Clark or Gram Parsons, Velvet Crush has been recording highly recommendable LPs since the early 90s that will satisfy those who enjoy recordings by Teenage Fanclub, Gigolo Aunts and above all, Matthew Sweet, one of the main mentors of the sound of this American band of sharp guitars and accurate melodies.

Velvet Crush were formed in the late 80s in Rhode Island, Providence, with the core of the band being singer and bassist Paul Chastain and drummer Ric Menck, two veterans of the Illinois music scene whose sounds emphasised the craftsmanship of the melodies and their good work on vocal harmonies.

With names like The Springfields and Choo Choo Train, Chastain and Menck made their first recordings on the Picture Book label, owned by the red-haired drummer. That label also recorded a group called White Sisters, whose guitarist was Jeffrey Borchardt, who joined Menck and Chastain’s project while continuing with the HoneyBunch under the name Jeffrey Underhill.

‘In the presence of greatness’ (1991) was their LP debut, a fine album of guitar pop produced by Menck’s close friend Matthew Sweet (a regular collaborator on Sweet’s albums) who recorded the tracks on an eight-track desk. The album, received with excellent reviews by the British music press, led to their signing by Creation, the label through which they released on July 5th 1994, their best work with a title dedicated to Brian Wilson, ‘Teenage symphonies to God’ (1994), a brand new and varied album produced by Mitch Easter (Let’s Active) and mixed by Scott Litt with instant power pop and jangle pop pieces interpreted with smooth vocals, energetic rhythms and tremendous guitar riffs. See ‘Velvet Crush’ play live in Valencia on October 15th!


Report by ’24/7 Valencia’ team

Article copyright ’24/7 Valencia’



October 15th



Carrer de l’Erudit Orellana, 12, (46008) València, Valencia

Doors open: 20:00hs

Concert: 20:30h

Tickets Online From: EUR 20.00

Payment: Bono Cultural Joven, Credit Card (Redsys MT)

Tickets at Box Office: EUR 24.00

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