Fid of The Veer Union
The Veer Union started coming together as a band when long time friends Crispin Earl and Eric Schraeder found themselves living out of their rehearsal spaces in Canada and teaming up to write some music. After realizing how cohesive their styles were they set out to find the missing pieces. Enter Marc “Roots” Roots and James “Fid” Fiddler soon followed by Neil Beaton.
Choosing the name The Veer Union in honor of their musical brotherhood and the path they would travel together the band wrote and toured their hearts out for a few years before they were signed by Universal Motown Records. With their first major label release, Against the Grain, the band strived to write hearty rock songs full of hope that would easily relate to their fan base – mission accomplished.
Gearing up for a tour with Halestorm and Burn Halo, guitarist Fid took some time to fill us in on the band, the album and how things all fell into place.
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | May 2009
You just shot a video for Seasons. Can you tell us a little bit about it? When will it be released and what was the concept behind it?
We are all really stoked for the Season’s video. Working with Steven Hoover was a delight. It should be out in the next couple of weeks. As far as a concept, you’re going to have check it out, let us know what you think!
You’ve called this album, Against the Grain, the soundtrack of your life, can you tell us in your own words what you mean by that?
We’ve all been playing music for a very long time. We poured our hearts and souls into this record. We went in wanting to make the most honest and real record we could, and I feel we did just that.
Lyrically a lot of your songs scream themes of hope and positive vibes are the lyrics coming from a personal place and what is the driving force to promote a positive message??
Every song we write is from personal experiences. Whether it’s getting over a girl, finding your way out of a dark place or putting everything you have into accomplishing a goal. We want to make music that is true to us, and people can connect to.
Eric and Crispin have told the story about hooking up together and leaving other bands behind, what was it about the chemistry between you that gave you the courage to take that leap not really knowing what the future would bring?
Every member of the band were in projects prior to TVU. All of us weren’t happy with the situations we were in. We all wanted to start playing music for all the right reasons again. That’s actually how we came up with our name. All of us wanted to “Veer” away from the situations we were in, so we came together as a “Union”, and here we are today.
Seasons was picked up to be the theme song of WWE’s Backlash, how important do you find this sort of cross-polination to be and have you seen a positive impact from the songs placement?
When we found out about Backlash, we were stoked! We all used to watch a lot of wrestling, so it was such an awesome experience to be a part of it. As far as an impact, it was insane. We had pages and pages of people adding us on Myspace just because they heard a clip of the song advertising for the pay per view.
Hailing from up north, whats the biggest difference between the music scene in the US vs the scene in Canada?
We love playing in both Canada and the US. I’d have to say the biggest difference is the population. There’s just that many more people to play for in the US.
Since you are officially road warriors these days, what do you miss most from home while out on the road? (This is a hint for fans to bring things to your shows so think wisely!)
I know for a fact we all miss our families. Me personally, I miss mom’s home cooked meals!
Since the album has been released, what has been the most rewarding moment for the band?
The most rewarding moments are when we get to a new city we have never played for, and the half the crowd is singing along to Seasons. What a cool experience.
What do you think you were able to take away from your past bands and experience to strengthen TVU?
There are so many things, I don’t even know where to start. In life, you learn from experiences, whether good or bad ones. I think when it comes to being in band (song writing, performing live, working with others and musicianship in general) we all brought what we had to complete the puzzle.
You’ve said that for the album, you didn’t have to compromise anything and that you wrote the exact album that you wanted to write without any outside forces asking for something different. Do you think that’s rare these days in an industry where singles seem to be the most important thing?
I think it is very rare, and that is why we are so stoked to be with Universal Motown. They let us have our creative freedom and we did in fact make the album we wanted. There are definitely bands out there that are put together and have songs written for them just to make a quick dollar. That’s not us.
For musicians out there who may be in that same place you were before things fell into place with this band, what advice would you give to them?
Never give up. You get what you put in.
You’re getting ready to start a tour with Halestorm and Burn Halo – that’s a lot of rock for one night, how would you sum up the tour in three words?
Entertaining, energetic and fun.
For more info on The Veer Union visit them on MySpace
Catch The Veer Union currently out on tour with Halestorm and Burn Halo.