The Vancouver-Based Band VEER UNION Discuss Their Newest Album ‘Decade 2: Rock and Acoustic’ and More!
Posted On 14 Sep 2018
Vancouver based The Veer Union released “Decade 2: Rock and Acoustic”, an 18 song album on August 31st on Rock Shop Entertainment. Decade 2 contains 9 all new songs, with accompanying Acoustic versions as well. They have been hitting the road in support of the release on the “Resurrection” Tour with Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Tantric and Shallow Side. Later this month The Veer Union will be headlining dates and into October as well. (Full tour dates below)
The band has collectively sold over 100,000 Albums and also reached over 20 Million Streams Worldwide. With seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Rock Radio Charts the band has proven they can stand the test of time.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death (he died on July 20, 2017), The Veer Union recently paid tribute to the late Linkin Park vocalist with an acoustic cover of “Numb“ from the Decade 2 album. The video has more than 115,000 views on Youtube and almost 500,000 on Facebook. The song is being featured on key Playlists @ Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play, among others.
TVU released their first independent album titled “Time To Break The Spell” in 2006 under the name Veer. The band quickly gained notoriety after winning a spot in the CFOX 99.3 Vancouver “Seeds” radio competition in 2007. In 2008 the band updated their name to The Veer Union and landed a record deal with Universal Records. The critically acclaimed 1st single “Seasons” charted Top 10 at Active Rock Radio in the US and Canada. 2009 saw the release of their Universal distributed album “Against The Grain“, which included “Seasons”, “Youth of Yesterday“, and “Darker Side of Me“. In 2012 the band released their self-produced 3rd album (the 2nd as The Veer Union) “Divide the Blackened Sky” which yielded the Active Rock hit “Bitter End“. In late 2013 TVU released the “Life Support, Vol. 1” EP as part of a Kickstarter campaign.
In 2016 released the 4th full length LP “Decade” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their 1st release. With the success of the album “Decade” and the single “Defying Gravity” – which chronicles Earl’s battle with depression, the band is continuing down that same road of success by now releasing “Decade 2: Rock & Acoustic”.
“The Resurrection Tour” = Puddle Of Mudd, Saliva, The Veer Union, Tantric & Shallowside
9/14/2018 – Bear River Event Center – Loleta, CA
The Veer Union “Evolution Tour” Headlining dates :
9/16/2018 – Malones – Santa Ana, CA
9/17/2018 – Full Circle Brewing Company – Fresno, CA
9/18/2018 – Backstage Bar & Billiards – Las Vegas, NV
9/19/2018 – Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
9/21/2018 – Joeys Bad Company Bar – El Paso, TX
9/22/2018 – Homers Bar & Muisc Venue – Abilene, TX
9/26/2018 – The Deadhorse – San Angelo, TX
9/27/2018 – Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
9/28/2018 – Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
9/29/2018 – Jack’s Bar – San Antonio, TX
10/3/2018 – Boozer’s Rock Bar – Corpus Christi, TX
10/4/2018 – Ethos Live – Laredo, TX
10/5/2018 – BFE – Houston, TX
10/6/2018 – The Brick House – Houma, LA
10/7/2018 – Olde Towne Tavern – Slidell, LA
10/10/2018 – The Warrior – Tallahassee, FL
10/11/2018 – South Street City Oven & Grill – Naples, FL
10/12/2018 – West End Trading Company – Sanford, FL
10/13/2018 – Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
10/14/2018 – Nighthawks – Jacksonville, FL
10/17/2018 – Furnace 41 – Jonesboro, GA
10/19/2018 – Southern Shakers Bar & Grill – Summerville, SC
10/20/2018 – The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC
10/21/2018 – Blind Tiger – Greensboro, NC
RED Unstoppable Tour (TVU Direct support)
10/24/18- Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall
10/26/18- Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club
10/27/18- TBA Headline
10/29/18- Cambridge, MA at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
10/30/18- Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance Theater
10/31/18- TBA Headline
11/1/18- Cleveland, OH at The Agora
11/2/18- Fort Wayne, IN at Piere’s Entertainment Center
11/4/18- Birmingham, AL at Saturn Birmingham
11/7/18- Durham, NC at Motorco
11/8/18- Baltimore, MD at Baltimore Soundstage
11/9/18- TBA Headline
11/10/18- Jacksonville, NC at The Tarheel
11/11/18- Knoxville, TN at The Concourse
Learn more about The Veer Union in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
My Pleasure! We just finished a 20 hour drive from Florida to Oklahoma and we are ready to rock another show with Puddle Of Mudd, Saliva, Tantric and Shallowside! \m/
All Access Music is currently compiling a list of our artists favorite songs this summer so what is YOUR song of the summer?
Hmmmm….. good question…… In the rock genre I would say I like 1. Nothing More “Just Say When 2. Bad Flower “Ghost” 3. 10 Years “Burn Out”
How has 2018 been treating you all? What is one musical goal that you have had for this year?
2018 has been very challenging and rewarding at the same time! One goal was to release an album on my own label, Rock Shop Entertainment (RSE) which I have achieved. Running my own label has been a truly amazing experience for me!
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Has anything surprised you about this ride so far?
I think from the early age of 10 I knew I wanted to be in a band and I have never felt any different, I just keep following my passion. The biggest surprise along the way has been, just when you think you have it figured out the industry changes and the learning curve starts all over again! haha
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? What is the music scene like these days in Vancouver?
Although the band originated in Vancouver I don’t know how much the city has influenced the sound, people have always referenced TVU as an American/European sound, but Vancouver sure has been a great place to make records because there is 8 months of rain which gives you a lot of time to think and be creative! The music scene is cool in Vancouver, lots of new and interesting bands. I would not say the Hard Rock & Metal scene is very big right now, but its slowly growing again.
Congrats on just releasing your newest album, “Decade 2: Rock and Acoustic”! What does it feel like to have put out another collection of songs? Are you feeling pretty accomplished now?
It feels great to have so much music released now, but the best feeling is that we are still finding inspiration to write new music. I am so grateful to still be making music and coming up with new ideas.
Let’s talk about the making of this new album. How would you say that the process was different or similar to your previous albums? How does this new collection show the growth that The Veer Union has undergone? What has remained the same?
This album was different because we didn’t hold back! We pushed ourselves to use different sounds and go places we haven’t gone before… This collection contains both studio full electric recordings and acoustic versions as well. It showcases our range and the evolution from stripped down bare bones acoustic to full-blown studio version, which is something we have never done.
While it’s difficult to pick, can you choose a few of your favorite tracks off “Decade 2” and talk about the inspiration behind them and how they got to be on this album?
Its hard to choose my favorite songs from Decade II but a couple are “Living Not Alive” – our new single – and “Man Into Machine”. These songs are inspired by the evolution of humanity. It seems that we are becoming more and more connected to our devices and less connected to our humanity.
How has your experience been so far on “Resurrection” Tour with Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Tantric and Shallow Side? Where are you looking forward to playing at next on your headlining tour this fall?
My experience so far has been amazing! All the bands are great to work with, so I couldn’t ask for more than that. I am excited for the rest of these dates and then starting our own headlining dates. We’re really looking forward to getting back to some of the markets we haven’t been to in awhile like El Paso TX, and Abilene TX.
On such a busy tour, how do you all keep up the energy night after night? What are somethings that you have to take on the road with you?
HA! You suck it up and go give 120% and then usually the crowd reacts from the intense energy and gives it right back to us. Rinse, repeat, and keep moving forward! \m/
Where do you think you are all happiest – in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Honestly, now that we have been doing this awhile we enjoy all aspects of the buisness, the switching of gears between studio life, vacation life and road life keeps it interesting.
I would love to know more about the tribute that you paid to the late Chester Bennington by covering Linkin Park’s “Numb” on your new collection. How did you go about picking the song to cover? Were you surprised at all by the positive feedback?
I picked that song because I have always personally felt that song was more about his relationship with his inner demons not a significant other, not a fact, thats just a feeling. I struggle from the same affliction that Chester does, so I have always felt connected to that song. I am just grateful that people reacted to it so positively. I would have been a little bummed if people thought we didn’t do Chester justice, so I am glad they did.
How do you think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? What would you say is the most challenging part about it?
The best part for me is being able to help people feel they aren’t alone, we are all connected and through the power of music it is undeniable. The most challenging part is trying to survive through the evolution of the industry and keep being reborn. Never knowing for sure if you will have enough money next month to get to the next month is stressful, lol.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
I would love to work with Chino from the Deftones – I think he is a genius and also Maynard from Tool.
If you guys were all going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you want to take with you and why?
Acoustic Guitar, cause it is the best instrument to have in a place to calm the soul in a stressful situation.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?ope,
I believe the message of our music is hope. People will not lose it when they listen because they are not alone in the feeling of helplessness. We’re all in this together.
Connect and share with The Veer Union
Official website: https://theveerunion.com/
Bands In Town: https://www.bandsintown.com/en/a/198004-the-veer-union
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