You Blew It!
You Blew It! might be one of the last great hold-outs in the emo revival that took over the last decade. More sane than Algernon Cadwallader, less sonically-spacious than Cap’n Jazz, YBI! cherrypicks from 90’s emo and indie in a fashion that many have aimed for but few have achieved. These cat-loving, taco-eating dudes have been holding it down in their native Orlando scene since February 2009. Since then, they’ve had enough lineup changes to see something like twelve members come and go all while completing four out-of-state tours and a few notable gigs with The Get Up Kids.
They have two releases under their belts, including a self-released, self-titled EP in 2009 and The Past In Present EP in the following year (Good Friends Records). Their upcoming full-length, Grow Up, Dude, will be released in April 2012.
(Bio by Elise Granata.)
“[A] brand of punk rock that’s more complex and cathartic than the Get Up Kids.”
-Orlando Music News
“...it initially struck me as solid indie rock with a bit of a punk finish...Sure, that’s all there, but there’s something else, too. This record gets under your skin, all clever and compelling.”
“If you are a fan of rough around the edges yet still “pretty” twinkly emo then You Blew It! might be your new favorite band.”
-Sound As Language
“2012 will be the year of You Blew It!”
Recent Tumblr Mentionstry-hardzine: I?ve been so so excited for this interview like... Tue, May 07, 2013
I?ve been so so excited for this interview like a little fanboy + I found out a great reason why they?re called You Blew It! Here it is & Thanks for reading if you chose to! xx
Hey You Blew It!, How?s it hanging?
Tanner: I actually noticed that it was legitimately hanging a little bit to the left the other day. It?s never really had a directional preference before, so I think this is kind of a big step for me and for us as a band.
Would you guys like to introduce yourselves and explain each of your roles in the band?
Trevor: Plays guitar too.
How did you guys first form You Blew It!? and who came up with the name?
Tim: The band was mostly formed in a garage; but then the neighbors thought it was too loud so we moved to a bedroom and wrote quieter music. As for the band name, we can thank Corey Taylor #8 from Slipknot. To quote from their critically acclaimed smash success ?People=Shit?, They never told me the failure I was meant to be. Now. Overdo it - don?t tell me you blew it, Stop your bitchin? and fight your way through it!
So your debut full length ?Grow Up, Dude? came out April last year. How do you feel people received that release? Are you guys proud of it?
Andy: The writing and recording process for Grow Up, Dude was interesting. We had some members of the band come and go during the writing process, so I think that contributed to the variety of songs that are on the record. Throughout it all, though, I feel like Tanner and I got in this groove where we were really meshing well and writing more mature songs than our previous release. As far as recording the album goes, it was all over the place, literally; We recorded vocals in Tanner?s bedroom, and all of the instrumentation was done with our good friend Derek Perry down in Naples. Because of work and school, we were driving down there on weekends and recording from early in the morning til 2:00 AM each night. It was a little rushed, because we had to snag whatever free time Derek had when he wasn?t touring with Fake Problems. Despite the time constraints, I think we walked away with something we are all very proud of calling our own. The reception has been excellent. Really mind blowing. I [Andy] wasn?t a part of the writing of GUD, so it?s difficult to say I feel much pride towards it. It feels great to say my friends recorded such a kickass album, though (I can say that as a fan).
Could you talk about the writing and recording processes for that release?
Tanner: It was pretty lengthy. Thorough too. I guess those words are interchangeable when you?re in a band though. There was something like a 2-year gap in between the release of our first EP and Grow Up, Dude. I want to say a good year and a half of that was spent writing the record, and the last 4-5 months was spent recording and mixing. We would write songs until we were completely happy with them, and then we would tear them down and rebuild them with our scene dad, Derek Perry. We owe him a lot of credit for how that record turned out.
Your video for ?Terry V. Tori? was pretty weird. Could you explain that video for us? Did you enjoy filming it?
Tim: WHATS SO WEIRD ABOUT A BUFFALO BEING THROWN OFF THE WALL AND THEN COMING TO LIFE AND THEN CHASING A GIRL AROUND A HOUSE WHILE ALSO MAKING OUT WITH A DUDE IN A BED AND THEN ENJOYING SOME HARMLESS ROCK & ROLL? The answer is yes, filming it was quite fun. Mostly because the keg at the beginning of the video was not a prop; that was real beer.
You?ve got a split with Fake Problems coming soon, right? Are you excited for it coming out? Would you like to talk us through how it came about?
Tanner: Yes. Definitely. That split came out of nowhere, which pretty much makes no sense. Fake Problems have been our close friends since this band started, so I guess it got to the point where we all were asking ourselves why we haven?t done something like this before.
You guys are signed to Topshelf Records. How are they to work with? Are you glad you signed to them?
Tanner: It?s hard to even consider it ?working? with them. They?ve been friends even before we signed with them. It?s more or less just a series of poop jokes with business sprinkled in. I can?t really imagine a better working relationship. Very, very glad we?re on their roster.
So you?ve just come back off tour with Dikembe this month. How was it? Who and What were the highlights of the tour?
Tanner: As far as tours go, it was flawless. I?d say ¾ of the shows were an absolute success, and even when they weren?t, we still had a lot of fun. I think the easy highlight of the tour is our New Years Eve show in Philadelphia. The underdog highlights of the tour were snowball fights. We?re from Florida. We don?t know what those are.
Do you have any plans to come over to the UK anytime soon?
Tim: We have had multiple plans to. Pretty much every chance we?ve had to tour in the past year, the UK has been plan A, but it?s fallen through every single time for some odd reasons. Scheduling and budgeting has had a lot to do with it too, though. We?re itching to get out there though.
This is your chance to recommend any bands/labels/artists/zines that you might like to share?
All: You?ll Live, Kit Fisto, Ex-Breathers, Echo Base, Send Away Stranger, Super Mutant, and Direct Effect.
Ok, so last question. If you could tour with any 4 bands to any 4 places. Who, Where and Why?
All: Japan w/ This Town Needs Guns, Midwest/West with Braid, anywhere with Minus the Bear, literally nowhere with Empire! Empire!. Because besides the last one, we?re generally just fan boys that can play instruments.
Thanks guys! I wish you all the best in all your future endevours (& I?ll be hoping one of those is a UK tour).
Here?s a You Blew It! interview if you like that sort of thing. catch them on tour with Mixtapes this summer!
You Blew It!
Winter Sale by Topshelf Records
We need to make more room for spring items! Take 20% off all winter merch with the code FALCOHERE thru next Friday (05/10/2013).
You Blew It!
So, Stay Sweet Fest looks like it was pretty boring.
Fresh off their split with Fake Problems, You Blew It! will be hitting the road this summer with Mixtapes, Light Years, Modern Baseball and Last Call ? dates and info are below:
- 6/27/2013 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom*
- 6/28/2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary*
- 6/29/2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Webster Studio*
- 6/30/2013 - Bayshore, NY @ Evenflow Bar and Grill*
- 7/1/2013 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs*
- 7/2/2013 - Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room*
- 7/3/2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
- 7/5/2013 - Tinley Park, IL @ Centennial
- 7/6/2013 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
- 7/7/2013 - Rock Island, IA @ BlackHawk Room
- 7/9/2013 - Denver, CO @ TBA
- 7/10/2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
- 7/12/2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
- 7/13/2013 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
- 7/15/2015 - San Francisco, CA @ 1234 Go!
- 7/16/2013 - Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe^
- 7/17/2013 - San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe^
- 7/18/2013 - Las Vegas, NV @ Eagles Hall^
- 7/19/2013 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater Underground^
- 7/20/2013 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks^
- 7/21/2013 - Tulsa, OK @ Eclipse Cultural House^
* w/ Modern Baseball
^ w/ Last Call
We’ve also re-stocked the You Blew It! beanies in our store if you missed out on them the first time around.
It?s rare that we do compilations here at PropertyOfZack, but they tend to be special ones when we do. Today it?s a true pleasure to be taking the wraps off of a special charity-fueled compilation that we?ve been working on for a month or two now called The Big Comp by Big Footprints, Lame-O Records, and POZ.
Big Footprints is the marriage of musical and artistic communities around the world for the betterment of our environment. Donations will be going to The Nature Conservancy - a non-profit organization that works towards reforestation. We will also be participating in TNC?s Adopt An Acre program, where we will be adopting acres of land in The Appalachian Mountains, The Northern Rockies, The Southern Coastal Plains, as well as adopting acres of Coral Reef.
And when we say big, we mean it. For a minimum of $5 you can download 75 fantastic tracks by 75 different bands with all donations (minus Bandcamp fees) going directly to charity.
PropertyOfZack, Big Footprints, and Lame-O Records would like to thank No Sleep Records, Run For Cover Records, Topshelf records, Paper + Plastick Records Records, Pure Noise Records, Asian Man Records, Tiny Engines Records, and of course all the bands and artists involved in this great comp.
What are you waiting for? Check out the artwork and track listing and download the 75 band comp for a minimum of $5 (or more) below by clicking ?Read More.?
Just realized I never posted photos of these. So, ah, here they are and here they are.
Got this on Saturday, good timing for the last snow storm of winter ?13
Geez this is going to rule. See ya there?
We got some new shirts in the store today too, btw:
- The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Hot Dog Shirt (artwork by Ben Sears)
- The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Flower shirt (artwork by Kimi Hanauer that I bunked up in Photoshop)
- You Blew It! - Florida shirt (artwork by JLP)
- Weatherbox - Photopter shirt
designed for Stay Sweet Fest III, a national music festival that takes place in Richmond, VA every spring.
see ya there.
Very early on in the art direction process for the You Blew It! / Fake Problems split we just released, we thought it would be cool / funny to feature all of the members of each band in individual photographs that we?d somehow stitch together, or ?Brady Bunch? together in Photoshop after the fact. We only ever got around to shooting Tim & Tanner of You Blew It! with a myriad of props and then the idea was scrapped in favor of a different direction. These are some of the better shots from this failed direction. Enjoy.