Saturday, October 17, 2015





Read write-up in Chicago Reader




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SEISMIC ALPHABET - new album by John Forbes and Velcro Lewis Group

What would it be like if the Velcro Lewis Group & John Vernon Forbes made a record in just one day?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

John Forbes & Velcro Lewis Group - 'Tears Are Gone' Single & Video

Velcro Lewis Group made a record with John Vernon Forbes.
It was written and recorded on January 15,2015.
The first single is "Tears Are Gone."
The video was made by Suzy Mae.

Ok, those are the facts, now here's the truth...

We went into the studio to jam out some ideas for the next Velcro Lewis Group album.
Forbes was hanging out at Frogg Mountain smoking tea and tuning an electric piano with a ball peen.
Since we didn't want to kick him out (he is our buddy) we asked him to join us in our session.
The result is "Seismic Alphabet", 8 songs, 45 minutes long.
You know some folks use ALL the parts of the pig? Bacon, ham, feet, snout scrapple?
Well, we used every damn part of this session on this record.
Basically, all the songs were written on the spot with a little bit of overdubbing after the fact.
This album will show just how we operate.
We jam, give Hawk a mic while he drums, Velcro comes up with some silly theme for the jam and there's your cookie.

Seismic Alphabet will be released in July! CDS, tapes, download, VHS...
We had fun making it, you'll have fun sitting around and listening to it.

Advanced copies of Seismic Alphabet will be available for sale at PRFBBQ 6/19-21.
The band performs their PRF set 6/19 at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May - Live at Cole's 16 - Chicago

MAY 16
9 PM


We recorded our second session for Daytrotter.
This session was recorded by Ian Harris and features Ali Hunger on the Big Briar Theremin.

This session includes 3 never recorded songs: 
The Rolling Tide, Peccadilloes, and Start A Fire as well as a crushing version of No Dream. It's even more End Timier than the LP version.
Give it a listen!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Velcro Falls Through The ClickHole

Did you see Velcro in this Onion/Clickhole video?

Velcro Lewis Group - They're Having A Party (official video)

Our video for THEY'RE HAVING A PARTY has been nominated for best music video in this year's CIMMFest.

The screening will be April 17 at the Society for the Arts.

The program will begin at 10:45. Tickets are available at CIMMFest website.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jingle Jangle Morning Remix Party!

Everyone loves a remix. Whether its the extended club-dub 12 inch mix of Shannon’s “Let The Music Play” to the first ever mash-up, “Rebel Without A Pause”, by The Evolution Control Committee, most weirdoes agree that remixes are fun. We hear at the Velcro Lewis Group could take ‘em or leave ‘em but we are intrigued by prospective madness our fans could create if given the right tools and a little encouragement.

In September, the Velcro Lewis Group released the single, “Jingle Jangle Morning.” The song has been a staple of the band’s live performance for years and honestly, we’re getting kind of bored with it. So, now seems like the perfect time to host a re-mix party!. Let’s breathe some new life into this jam.
“Sounds fun, right?”

We’ve made it easy to create your own mix of “Jingle Jangle Morning.”
Send an email HERE and we’ll send you a link to download the file folder. We will also send some words of encouragement to help you define your mix. Something like: “Rufus Thomas playing tennis in a spacesuit” or “High tea with a man-sized cockroach.” It’ll be your choice to follow our lead or not.

Once you’ve downloaded the folder:
·       Import each track into your favorite DAW (Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Tascam Portal, Audacity, etc).
·       Align the tracks and have at it!
·       Do WHATEVER you want with the content, we don’t care.
·       There are many ingredients to this mix so the possibilities are endless.
  • Mash it up
  • Add your own vocals or guitars
  • Rap over it
  • Dub-step it (whatever that means)
  • Mix it better than Velcro did for the original
  •  Work on it with your Gramma
  •   Whatever

We will create a digital album that will feature everyone’s mix (yes every single mix) and make it available for free download.

Deadline for submissions is April 5, 2015. (soft deadline)

Remix Party Preview

Don't worry, here's the original version...

And the commercial for the song...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Theme Song To "Now What?"(CW pilot)

When we were asked to write the theme to a new television pilot we didn’t know what to think.
All the we knew was that it was called, “NOW WHAT?” and that it was a sit-com featuring Jeremy Piven. The good people at the CW called us Thursday afternoon (Jan 15/last night) and wanted a demo by this afternoon (Friday Jan 16). So we spent 6 minutes on it and here’s what we came up with… 

Just 6 minutes after we submitted the song to the producer of the show we received this response:

-----Start Forwarded Message----------
Dear Velcro,
Thank you for the quick turnaround, however, coa ihouhf oihvhv 4345t v ojnsf kvgrn!???
I mean, nbidusuf ihvjshdfv ldfnfhkmlv 576785.

 Gina Morona
Diet of Diamonds Productions

Los Angeles, CA.


So.... goodbye, Hollywood. 
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