We’ve got a good feeling about Veyu. They way they meddle with melody, the way they know the difference between art and not-at-all-art, and the way they’re intent on reshaping the city’s ever-so-slightly moribund after dark manoeuvres, this weekend.
The stage is set. Their Fallout Factory HQ will see I/O (Input Output) spoil us with digital visuals, light installations, Bido Lito! DJ sets (when’s someone gonna ask SevenStreets to DJ? I’ve got loads of rare ABBA mixes?), and performances from the excellent Tear Talk, and the lads we love right now. Veyu. Over to frontman, Chris Beesley…
What’s the VEYU manifesto?
Above all, it is to connect with people on an emotional level. There is an abundance of music in the world today, so much so that it’s pretty easy to become complacent to it all, like the ticking of a clock that you only notice once it has stopped, VEYU strive to make music that people want to absorb, not just hear, that they can lose themselves in. We hope that the ideas behind our music strike a chord, evoke certain moods and feelings.
What happens when art and pop collide? What’s the magic, for you?
It adds another dynamic. We know music and poetry work well together to form songs, art compliments this further, it changes the event from a normal gig to an experience. The more the senses are stimulated, the better chance people have of forgetting life’s distractions, where they are, who they are with, who’s tweeting what etc. If people are really willing to soak up what’s going on at I/O, the more they will get from it.
Slice the VEYU pie up for us: what are you made up of?
The VEYU pie is a magic pie, we think we can heal the world with our pie! – Tastes better when taken with a pinch of salt.
Do you feel connected with the city’s current musical mood, or distanced from it?
Well it’s been documented before, but I think that nationwide people regard the Liverpool music scene to be going through some sort of renaissance, so there is a sense of hope and new found confidence in the city, we ourselves feel part of that buzz. In terms of sound, I wouldn’t say that everything coming out of Liverpool has a specifically Liverpudlian sound, that would denote a commonality between it all and I think music here has moved away from all that, it’s the diversity that makes music here so interesting.
You’ve gone from 0 to 60 in lightening fast time. Scary?
It may appear that way, but for myself and Adam, the main writers in the band, it’s felt like an age. Writing as we do now didn’t come naturally at first, it’s taken a while to work out what works for us, along side developing our writing, it took a lot of perseverance just getting the band together, we tried to make it work with a a lot of different musicians before ending up with the line up we have today. The response we have had has been great though!
What can we expect from the night?
Well Fallout Factory is like the band HQ, it’s VEYU’s home, so for us it feels a bit like we’re throwing a house party. It won’t be your average house party though, we have light artist David Ogle exhibiting some of his work, visual projections provided by Deerstalker, and music from Tear Talk, ourselves, and Bido Lito! djing afterwards till late, we will also make sure that everyone who wants to be can be suitably well watered…
What’s your big idea?
VEYU is at it’s best when writing or performing, the constraints of dead end jobs to make ends meet are slowing us down though. We just want to get to a point where we can put our undivided heart and soul into our music.
Bands with creative spaces occupy a special place in pop’s history, don’t they?
Yeah there was the whole Andy Warhol’s Factory/Velvet Underground thing wasn’t there, although FF is different from that, we still encourage collaboration in all mediums giving us opportunity and scope to create more nights like this and keeping to the Fallout Factory’s ethos of giving creatives in the city a platform to do so. Usually existing just as a gallery, it hopes to take on more music based projects, giving a whole new structure to it and utilising the space to its potential. We want to invite people to pick up on that energy.
VEYU Present I/O
97 Dale Street