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Video: The Young Veins / Change

June 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

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  
Filed under Interviews

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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