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).
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