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Video: The Young Veins / Change

June 30, 2010 by  
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The Young Veins have debuted their new video for “Change” with a throwback to the Ed Sullivan Show.  You can check it out below:

Jon Walker of The Young Veins

May 20, 2010 by  
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When Ryan Ross and Jon Walker started writing new material for the follow up to Panic! at the Disco’s 2008 album “Pretty.Odd.”  they had no idea the journey they were about to embark on.  After two successful albums it was evident that their writing was evolving into something that didn’t really fit the scope of Panic’s distinct sound.  Any true artist knows the value of following one’s own instincts and that’s exactly what Ross and Walker did.  Making what had to be one of the biggest decisions of their lives the two cited creative differences, left the band and continued writing new music as a duo.    While the critics questioned them quizzically and fans responded (sometimes) erratically, the two never looked back knowing that they had done exactly what they needed to do.

 And oh what a difference a year makes!  On June 8th Ross and Walker are set to release their debut album “Take a Vacation!” under their new band name The Young Veins (joined by Andy Soukal on bass, Nick White on keys and Nick Murry on drums).  For anyone looking for Panic! at the Disco revisited, this probably isn’t the band for you.  However, if you’re a fan of vintage sounds, catchy choruses, short upbeat ditties and a guaranteed psychedelic trip in a time machine from track to track then you’ve hit the jackpot.  Clearly influenced by Southern California culture The Young Veins wanted to write a collection of songs that each had their own style and story. The 29 minute long album will conjure up images of old and undoubtedly remind you of many past greats from The Beatles to The Beach Boys. 

While many might think that this band is doing things the hard way by trading in packed arenas for tiny little clubs and throngs of screaming teens for new audiences that they have to win over night after night (okay who am I kidding, the screaming teens will undoubtedly still be in tow), The Young Veins wouldn’t trade this for the world and it’s that kind of determination and dedication to their craft that will undoubtedly win over new fans.

I recently had the chance to talk to Jon Walker about The Young Veins, the new album, and everything in between.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette
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Ryan Ross & Jon Walker announce new band name “The Young Veins” and post new song

July 28, 2009 by  
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Ryan Ross and Jon Walker (formerly of Panic at the Disco) have posted a new song called “Change” under the band name “The Young Veins” here.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

(This info comes via one Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet) via twitter.

Phantom Planet – Honda Civic Tour 2008

Phantom Planet
Honda Civic Tour
May 11, 2008
Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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Phantom Planet

May 11, 2006 by  
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ppwhite“Yeah this whole world needs an Anthem, and I’m hoping everyone will sing along…”

Having released three studio albums to date, toured the world, and gone through a few line-up changes over their existence – PHANTOM PLANET continues to rock on without boundaries.  They’ve been together since they were teenagers and although a few things may have changed, much stays the same.  They still bring the same raw energy and crowd appeal to the stage night after night and continue to write songs that are innovative and crowd-pleasing.  They’ve never been a band who has been afraid to venture into new territories soundwise and this is evident if you listen to their catalog of music.

They were writing and recording songs for their fourth album when approached to do some live dates on the East Coast with Guster.  Knowing this would be the perfect time to test out some of the new songs to a live audience and take a break from the studio, they packed their bags and hit the road.  We met up with the band (Alex Greenwald on lead vocals and guitar, Sam Farrar on bass, Darren Robinson on guitar, and Jeff Conrad on drums) before their recent show in Massachusetts and asked them some questions we, as huge Phantom Planet fans, have been dying to know the answers to.  Hopefully you were too…..

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette, Laura DiBetta & Julie Zidel |  May 2006

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